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BRANDING A NATION, A CITY AND ITS PEOPLE
Promoting Trade, Development, Tourism and Cultural Relations across the world

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  • 1. The BEST OFAFRICAGVPedia.comSuccess, Sustainability and CultureBranding a Continent,a Nation, a City and its PeopleWe brand and build the image of the world’s most excitingeconomic regions to affect a change in the perception of acontinent, a nation, a city and its people by the rest of theworld.Global Village Africa is Africa’s premier platform forshowcasing and networking governments, leadingcompanies and entrepreneurs in business, tourism andlifestyle. The ‘Best of series’ books crisply profile leadingcompanies and innovators, as leaders within their genre.We celebrate the success of countries, individuals andcompanies with ‘the good news’ editorial and pictorialimagery in the highest quality print format available.
  • 2. Best of South Africa 1International Group Publisher Sven BoermeesterSADC Group Publisher Thapelo LetsholoBest of SA Publisher Gia BischofbergerManaging Editor Rebecca Eb Sales and Marketing Gia Bischofberger, Yvonne Sinclair, La-Toia MaresciaProduction GVPedia Communications ccCreative Direction Shout Factory - Peter BatistichWebmaster Liam DobellContent Manager Agnes Sikhethile ZabaPrinting Creda CommunicationsDisclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in The ‘Bestof South Africa’ Vol.7. Neither ‘Best of South Africa’, nor GVPedia Communications cc assumeany responsibility for errors or omissions. The editor reserves the right to amend and alter copyand visual material as deemed necessary. All rights reserved: No part of this publication shall bereproduced, copied, transmitted, adapted or modified in any form or by any means. This publicationshall not be stored in whole or in part in any form in any retrieval system.Contact details: PO Box 391, Paulshof, 2056Tel: +27 11 705 2097 | Fax: +27 86 586 1999Email: info@gvpedia.com | www.GVPedia.comGlobal Village Partnerships info@GVPedia.com“Best of South Africa” Volume 7 is a celebration of the country’s role within itsregion and the African continent. This is an exciting time for African growth aswe begin to see intra-African trade coming to the fore through partnershipssuch as BRICS as well as the EAC-COMESA-SADC Tripartite Agreement.South Africa retains the golden key as the gateway into Africa, and as a result,has taken note of the immense growth happening outside its borders.Best of South Africa is a showcase of the success of varied and valuedenterprises in both private and public sectors and sets the benchmark as wegrow our publishing series throughout the continent of Africa. To effectivelybring together the growing Best of Africa series through Global Village Africa,we have launched Proudly African. Hosted at www.proudlyafrican.info, thisinitiative serves as a united platform to showcase and brand Africa.Ultimately we showcase and connect successful governments, companiesand individuals that are spearheading Africa’s incredible growth. We havehad our work cut out for us having to keep up with the rapid pace of SouthAfrica’s developments. There have been a number of significant events whichwarranted attention in this volume of Best of South Africa.Most notable are the developments of Future Of Trade Africa and ProudlyAfrican which have fittingly aligned with SAITEX 2012. Since the concept ofFuture Of Trade Africa was conceptualised in 2011, it has taken off on a globalscale, with future events planned for India, China and the Middle East.The massive infrastructure drive taking place in the country is evidence of thegovernment’s jobs initiative and has seen a number of key developments andpartnerships arise up out of South Africa’s rich soil. Notable growth areas inthe country are Cape Town, Durban, and Ekurhuleni. We also seem to still beon the crest of the wave generated after hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, andthe tourism industry has regenerated as a result.Our hope is that Best of South Africa will inspire further success for the country– and generate more stories for us to continue sharing.Enjoy our latest treasure.South Africa the Golden KeyThapelo Letsholo Sven Boermeester Gia BischofbergerGVPedia.comSuccess, Sustainability and Culture
  • 3. Best of South Africa2CHAPTERSBest of South AfricaChapter1 62Gateway to AfricaChapter3 98Hotels, Lodges and SafarisChapter5 128Dining, Nightlife and EntertainmentChapter7 154Corporate ProfilesChapter2 86Moloko Investment GroupChapter4 110Travel, Tours and AviationChapter6 144HealthcareChapter8 172Entrepreneurship
  • 4. siemens.com/answersEvery day in Africa more and more people are moving tourban areas. This is creating an urgent demand for thedevelopment of better, more sustainable infrastructures.Already we’re at work in major cities like Lagos andAlgiers, helping ensure a reliable electricity supply topower economic growth and infrastructure development.Our efficient rail technologies in Johannesburg aretransporting commuters safely and keeping the economyon track. With our water technologies, more people inDar es Salaam have access to clean drinking water. Andour medical equipment is providing citizens of Nairobiwith affordable healthcare.We’re working with African cities today to create answersthat will last for generations to come.Building cities worthbuilding a future in.Siemens provides answers for Africa‘s rapidly growing cities.
  • 5. Best of South Africa4182Transport, Logistics and Supply ChainChapter11 210Food, Beverage and HospitalityChapter13 236Future of Trade AfricaChapter10 194AgribusinessChapter12 214Conferencing, Exhibitions and MediaCHAPTERSBest of South Africa
  • 6. Best of South Africa6South Africa at a GlanceSouth Africa’s continental footprint.Size: 1,219,090 km2CoastlineSouth Africa has a coastline of2500km long stretching around thesouthern tip of Africa from its borderwith Mozambique on the Indian Oceanside, to its border with Namibia on theAtlantic side.Key Economic Sectors Mining, transport, energy,manufacturing, tourism, agriculture.Population: 50,586,757Official languages• English• isiZulu• isiXhosa• isiNdebele• Afrikaans• siSwati• Sesotho sa Leboa• Sesotho• Setswana• Tshivenda• XitsongaGovernment Constitutional multiparty, three-tier(local, provincial, national) democracy.Capitals• Pretoria (administrative)• Cape Town (legislative)• Bloemfontein (judicial)The Constitutional Court is inJohannesburg.
  • 7. Best of South Africa 7Provinces• Free State• Eastern Cape• Gauteng• KwaZulu-Natal• Limpopo• Mpumalanga• Northern Cape• North West• Western CapeCurrency: Rand (ZAR).Time: GMT +2 hoursTransportationExcellent roads, rail and air facilities(domestic and international).TelecommunicationsInfrastructure world-class; internetaccess wide; four cellular networks.Value-added tax: Levied at 14%.Health• Top-quality throughout the country(basic in rural areas).• Inoculations only requiredfrom yellow-fever areas; somemalaria areas.South Africa has enjoyed thebenefits of its unique positioning atthe bottom of the African continent,sharing borders with six othercountries as well as the advantageof two oceans – the Atlantic and theIndian. As the base of the African
  • 8. Best of South Africa8continent, South Africa has taken onthe role as the foundation of Africantrade and industry. Positioningas well as foreign relations havecontributed to South Africa’sgateway status, with further growthand investment opportunities in thepipeline. The time for Africa is nowand the call for intra-African trade isbeing heard.The tip of AfricaThis does not necessarily meanthat South Africa dictates tradespecifications on the continent, butas the gateway to Africa, SouthAfrica has paved the way for futuregrowth and prosperity. This is largelydue to its exposure which it has usedto change the perception of businessand development in Africa. SouthAfrica’s footprint is firmly cementedin African soil, which is evident inthe number of heavyweight SouthAfrican companies with expansionplans in Africa.South Africa’s authoritative voiceis respected in African economicsand politics and it enjoys numerous
  • 9. Best of South Africa 9mutually beneficial relationships withfellow African countries. Foreignpolicy is imperative to the SouthAfrican economy – most vital inthis are relations within Africa asthis position entices trade andinvestment from even further afield.The current drive is to increase intra-African trade as African countrieshave much to benefit from oneanother.Africa’s next movePast patterns have seen Africarelying on foreign trade andinvestment. Africa is realising thatcollectively, they hold all the cards toeconomic growth through numerousresources. The success will be instrengthening the hand by playingthe cards together. Africa’s currentrole is as dealer of the most desiredresources in the world and needsto be careful of relinquishing themcompletely. But Africa is also ina unique position where they candecide whether or not to deal outtheir resources to the world in returnfor other necessary commodities,such as infrastructure, or Africa canbecome completely self-sufficient. Inorder to embark on the latter path,Africa needs a regulator – which iswhere South Africa could potentiallystep in, not as dictator, but asnegotiator and mediator.BRICSThis may be even more necessarywith the BRICS group now gainingdirect access to the continent throughSouth Africa. Africa is the third fastestgrowth region behind China and Indiawith a $2.6-billion revenue opportunityas identified by McKinsey. Thecontinent has a wealth of unexploitedminerals as well as 60% of theworld’s uncultivated agricultural land.As South Africa is the 27thbiggesteconomy in the world with a GDP of$354-billion according to the IMF. Asa first-tier emerging market, SouthAfrica’s inclusion in BRICS presentsthe group with the opportunity ofrepresenting the emerging world in thegreatest sense. The main differencebetween South Africa and the rest ofthe BRICS members is that
  • 10. Best of South Africa10South Africa is still emerging, whilethe others have now achieved moreestablished markets. This accoladespeaks volumes about South Africa’spotential and has essentially linked thecountry to over 1-billion consumers inthe member regions.Future VisionsSouth Africa has set up its ‘NewGrowth Path’ to maintain themomentum gained since democracywas born. The vision is to create acompetitive, fair and socially beneficialeconomy with employment at thecentre of the policy. The New GrowthPlan is also responsible for identifyinginvestments which align with the planfor advancement in infrastructure.Through the provision of large scalesustainable job creation, trade,innovation and economic growthwill emerge with a target of 7% peryear, further cementing South Africa’sposition as an attractive investmentdestination.Favourable investment conditionsSouth Africa enjoys a stabledemocracy which is supported bystringent financial policies. SouthAfrica offers world class businessmodels as well as modern financialsystems which present a more thanadequate gateway for investmentsinto Africa. Out of Africa’s 10 largestcompanies, eight are South Africanbased. It’s rating as a top-20 economyfor foreign direct investment furthersupports this positioning. Thecountry’s stable outlook can beattributed to its slick recovery fromrecession as well as its vast mineralwealth. South African soil guardssome of the largest deposits of gold,chromium, platinum and manganesein the world. Business conditions inSouth Africa are made even morefavourable through its high qualityinstitutions, stringent protection ofintellectual property as well as thestability and regulation of the financialsector.Improved competitivenessSouth Africa is unique for investorsin Africa as it offers them the stabilityof a developed country but alsoa nurtured growth climate of anemerging market. It is also the most
  • 11. Best of South Africa 11competitive country in the region.The Global Competitiveness Indexfor South Africa was shown to haveimproved to 50thin rankings at theWorld Economic Forum. Out of the142 countries, South Africa cameout first in exchange regulationand second in bank soundness.Overall, South Africa came out topsin sub-Saharan Africa and secondin Africa after Tunisia. Among theBRICS partners, South Africa cameout second to China. This regaincan be attributed to the movementsin private institution accountability,investor protection and technology;proving that there is trust in SouthAfrica.The country was ranked:• 1st for regulation of securitiesexchange.• 1st for strength of auditing andreporting standards.• 2nd for soundness of banks.• 2nd for efficacy of corporateboards.• 3rd for protection of minorityshareholders’ interests.• 3rd for availability of financialservices.• 4th for financing through the localequities market.• 7th for effectiveness of anti-monopoly policy.• 8th for legal rights.
  • 12. Best of South Africa12Africa’s momentAfrica was the centre of attention atthe WEF in Davos, Switzerland andwas identified as a key player in globaltransformation, especially after morediversified economies are createdthroughout Africa. A free trade areais expected to be running in Africaby 2017, known as the “ContinentalFree Trade Area” (CFTA). This wassigned to life by the African Unionand will be achieved through a three-step plan. This area will be made upof a tripartite agreement of the EastAfrican Community, the COMESA, andSADC, which will then be united withthe other African trade blocs. Anothermajor indicator of Africa’s resilience isin its evident market soundness in theface of global economic recession.South Africa has indicated itsnecessary commitment to increasingintra-African trade as well as throughtrade with other developing countries.According to the IMF, Africa’seconomy is set to grow by more than5% before 2014. There have beenmany predictions that Africa willbecome the next major area of growthworldwide. This is achievable throughincreased partnerships between thepublic and private sectors. As a result,South Africa is spearheading plans todevelop the much needed north-southcorridor, which will create endlessinvestment opportunities.The hub of AfricaSouth Africa has emerged as thehub for serving African markets.Many international companies useSouth Africa as their base to expandinto the region. Other hubs areemerging in East, West and NorthAfrica so as to ensure wide scaleinfiltration. These hubs are workingtogether more and more. Thecapabilities of South African systems
  • 13. Best of South Africa 13have allowed the development ofmultinationals to launch into Africaand its opportunities. The platformSouth Africa provides is as aresult of its market size, economicdevelopment, regulations and skills.The infrastructure offered is the bestin the region. With over 25% of thecontinent’s GDP and 70% of leadingAfrican businesses, South Africa isthe gateway to Africa. One of themajor benefits of South Africa’sexpansion of companies into Africawas to highlight and uncover thevast opportunities present on thecontinent. This has ensured thatgrowth strategy has become highlyAfrica-centric. The main sectors of theAfrican economy which led the way ofexpanding in Africa are mining, retail,construction, manufacturing, financial,telecommunications and tourism.Johannesburg Stock ExchangeSouth Africa is also home to thebiggest stock exchange on thecontinent. The Johannesburg StockExchange (JSE) has the 14th largestequities exchange in securitiesin the world, with a total marketcapitalisation of R2.3-trillion.Key institutionsSouth Africa is a member of theInternational Monetary Fund (IMF),
  • 14. Best of South Africa14the World Bank, the World TradeOrganisation, the United Nations,G20, Southern African DevelopmentCommunity, and the African Union.South Africa’s role in helping shapegovernance and trade extendsbeyond the continent.ProvincesSouth Africa has nine provinces ofvarying size. Gauteng is the smallestbut has the most people per squarecapita and is highly urbanised. Thelargest province is the NorthernCape, taking up almost a third ofthe total land area of the country;however it is arid and mostly empty.BordersSouth Africa shares borders withNamibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe,Mozambique, Swaziland andLesotho. The mountainous countryof Lesotho is an enclaved countrywhich is completely surrounded
  • 15. Best of South Africa 15by South Africa – one of only threesovereign countries in the world tocarry this status.CitiesAlthough Pretoria is the ultimatecapital city, South Africa has threecapital cities. Cape Town in theWestern Cape is the legislativecapital and is where Parliamentresides. Bloemfontein in the FreeState is the judicial capital andhouses the Supreme Court ofAppeal. Pretoria in Gauteng isthe administrative Capital andhouses the Union Buildingsand the majority of civil service.Johannesburg is the mostprominent of South Africa’s cities asit is considered to be the economicheart of the country. Durban andPietermaritzburg in Kwa-Zulu Natalas well as Port Elizabeth in theEastern Cape are also importantSouth African cities.
  • 16. Best of South Africa16Climate and topographyThe climate and topography of SouthAfrica varies widely, although it isclassified as semi-arid. There areseven major biomes or ecologicaltypes in South Africa. By definition,each one has distinctive climateconditions and relative flora and fauna.The dry Karoo region is a vast inlandplateau of scrubland and rocky hills.The extreme contrast to the lusheastern coastline as well as the lesssub-tropical Garden Route is whatmakes South Africa so unique. Buteven the coastlines vary widely inclimate – the windy south-westerncoast is Mediterranean in climate withwet summers and hot dry winters. Theflat semi-arid Free State landscape isa stark contrast to the Drakensburg
  • 17. Best of South Africa 17Mountains of South Africa’s easternescarpment. The cooler Highveldreceives slightly more rain than theFree State. The Lowveld is significantlyhotter and is known for its Bushveldwhich is the habitat of South Africa’sfamous wildlife.The coldest place in South Africais the town Sutherland in the westernRoggeveld Mountains, which canreach lows of -15ºC in midwinter. Thehottest places are found in the deepinterior where the Kalahari enters thecountry, having reached 51.7 ºC nearUpington in the Northern Cape in1948.Oceans and riversNeighboured by both the Atlantic andthe Indian Oceans, South Africa’socean territory includes Marion Islandand Prince Edward Island which are1,769 km south-east of Port Elizabethin the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean. Thecountry’s climate is greatly affected bythe two ocean currents which sweepup the coastline. The cold planktonrich Benguela current moves up theAtlantic coast, creating some of theworld’s best fishing grounds. Thewarm waters of the Mozambique/Agulhas current sweep down the
  • 18. Best of South Africa18east coast and determine the rainfallpatterns from its vast amounts ofready evaporation.Richard’s Bay and Durban inKwaZulu-Natal are the country’s (andtwo of Africa’s) busiest harbours. Inthe Eastern Cape there is also EastLondon and Port Elizabeth, while inthe Western Cape there is Mossel Bayand Cape Town.There are numerous rivers inSouth Africa but the main rivers arethe Limpopo and the Orange (and itstributary, the Vaal). Dams and irrigationare extremely important in the dryinteriors of the country. The largestdam is the Gariep on the Orange River.South Africa’s physical beauty,positioning at the tip of Africa, andmany assets and resources make itan ideal investment destination. It iseasy to understand the excitementsurrounding the country’s envisionedfuture and growth.
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  • 20. Best of South Africa20Tourism in South AfricaA guide to the attractions of South Africa’s provinces.GautengWith one of the best climates in theworld, Gauteng is a prime destinationto visit all year round. Attractionsrange from the vibrant Johannesburgand Pretoria city centres, fantasticnightlife, numerous markets, sprawlingparks, botanical gardens, nature andwildlife reserves, and museums.• The Soweto townshipexperience includes the HectorPetersen memorial, NelsonMandela’s old Orlando residence,a local ‘Shebeen’ food and drinkexperience, and the ApartheidMuseum.• Gold Reef City Amusementpark offers a mix of family andadventure entertainment.
  • 21. Best of South Africa 21• Africa’s shopping Mecca: SandtonCity, Nelson Mandela Square, Mallof Rosebank, Eastgate, GreenstoneMall, Hyde Park, Cresta, MelroseArch, Northgate, Southgate, TheGlen, Clearwater Mall, MaponyaMall, Dobsonville, Fourways Mall,Westgate and Carlton Centre.• Museum Africa and MarketTheatre complex are steeped inSouth African cultural history.• Constitution Hill including the newConstitutional Court on the site ofthe Old Fort Prison.• The Nelson Mandela Bridge joinsConstitution Hill to Newtown as asymbol of hope and renewal.• The Cradle of Humankind is aWorld Heritage Site and home tothe Sterkfontein Caves where nearlyhalf the world’s hominoid fossilshave been discovered includingMrs Ples, the first identified“missing link”.• The Wonder Cave is two billionyears-old.• The Rhino and Lion NatureReserve and The Ann van DykCheetah Centre are popularplaces to view Africa’s big catsand the endangered rhino.• The Union Buildings are anarchitectural masterpiecedesigned by Sir Herbert Baker inPretoria, or the ‘Jacaranda City’.• The Voortrekker Monument wascompleted in 1949 as a tribute tothe pioneering Boer families.• Pretoria’s National ZoologicalGardens is home to 4,300animals from every continent.• The Tswaing Meteorite Crateris a salty wetland conservationarea and home to numerousbird, plant and small mammalspecies.• The FNB Stadium, also knownas ‘Soccer City’, is an impressivestadium that was the home ofthe 2010 FIFA World Cup.www.gauteng.net
  • 22. Best of South Africa22North WestThe North West Province is theheritage destination of South Africaand is a haven for geology andarchaeology. It also offers the contrastof solitude and adventure. TheMadikwe Game Reserve in the farnorth is one of the province’s jewels.• The Anglo Boer War began fromwhat was then the Transvaal. Thenotorious Jameson Raid waslaunched from Mahikeng.• Museums abound in the NorthWest, such as Klerksdorp andMafikeng.• Arts and Crafts can be foundin wide variety at The NorthWest Craft and Design Institute,Amogelang, and the Art Factory,among many others.• The Rant van Tweedepoort andthe Dwarsberg Mountains areideal for Big Five viewing.• Pilanesberg Game Reserveis part of the wave of hills froman enormous volcanic eruptionmillions of years ago and is idealfor Big Five viewing.• Reserves abound with 13located in the province, offeringspectacular game viewing andbirding.• The Vredefort Dome is a WorldHeritage Site of the oldest andlargest known meteorite impactarea on earth.• Sun City is renowned for its hotelswhich form an oasis includinggolf courses, Valley of the Waves,Animal World, dining, nightlife,theatre, movies, a casino, andnumerous outdoor activities.• Golf is ideal considering theperfect climate and weatherexperienced in the provincethroughout the year.• The world’s longest zip slideis one of many adventures to befound in the province, as well asthe Magaliesburg Canopy Tour.• The Taung Heritage Site is thesite of the famous Taung Skullfound in 1924.• Groot Marico, Mafikeng, andLesedi Cultural Village areworthwhile towns to visit.• Hartbeestport Dam is a perfectweekend getaways and watersports enthusiasts nestled in anideal location with access to manymajor attractions.• The Modern industrial parks andcommercial centres complimentedby sophisticated banking andfinancial services have made theNorth West an ideal investmentdestination.www.tourismnorthwest.co.za
  • 23. Best of South Africa 23LimpopoThe most northerly province in SouthAfrica is steeped in ancient historyand culture. Fossils conjure up lifeas it was over three million years agoand relics have been dated back tothe Stone and Iron Ages. Limpopo isthe eco-tourism destination of SouthAfrica with its many parks.• Africa’s Big Five occur in many ofthe game and nature reserves inLimpopo.• There are 50 national, provincialand Transfrontier parks inLimpopo.• Kruger National Park is world-renowned and ranks among thebest parks in Africa as well as oneof the oldest and largest, and is theflagship of South Africa’s parks.• Thohoyandou is theadministrative, commercial andlegislative capital of the Vendacommunity.• Venda artwork is renowned andincludes wood carvings, pottery,and weaving basket ware.• The Soutpansberg is ideal forclimbing, hiking, hunting, viewingindigenous cycads and baobabs,and 4x4 adventure drives.• Bela-Bela in the WaterbergRegion is famous for its hotsprings.
  • 24. Best of South Africa24• Makuya Park Game Reserveis home to the largest baobab at2000 years-old.• Lapalala Wilderness is anextensive privately owned reserve.• Nysvlei Nature Reserve floodplainis a RAMSAR site and a treasuretrove for bird-watchers.• African Ivory Route is one of thebest eco-adventures in SouthernAfrica and includes a number ofcamps to choose from. The routegoes through five mountain rangesin remote and stunning wilderness,and vibrant local villages.• Mythology and legends aboundin Limpopo, which is the home offabled Rain Queen Modjadji andprotected by the python god offertility.• Limpopo is the gateway into therest of Africa with access to theborders of Botswana, Zimbabweand Mozambique.• The Limpopo and Shashe Riversconverge in Limpopo.• The great ruins of Mapungubweare an archaeological destinationand World Heritage Site.• The Makapan Caves in MakapanValley is the only cultural heritagesite of its kind. It has a history ofthe Ndebele people and resistancewars dating back 151 years.• Amarula Cream Liqueur comesfrom Limpopo and the AmarulaLapa is a promotional tasting andtourist visitor centre situated 10 kmoutside Phalaborwa. www.golimpopo.comMpumalangaSoutheast of Limpopo and knownas the “place where the sun rises”,Mpumalanga is situated on a loftyescarpment with rolling grasslandsand lush wetlands. This land with itsmagnificent views has been dubbed“God’s own country”.• The Highlands Meander is amajor tourist attraction of rivers,dams, and quaint villages.• Ruins of forts and soldiers’graves abound near Dullstroomand are reminders of the Anglo-Boer War.• Verloren Vallei Nature Reserve isan international RAMSAR wetlandssite that shelters three of theworld’s endangered crane species.• The Oosterlijyn Express Trainruns between Machadodorp andWaterval Boven.• From Mpumalanga’s extensive
  • 25. Best of South Africa 25cliffs, paragliding, hang-gliding,abseiling, and rock climbing isavailable.• The Museum of the LydenbergHeads is home to mysteriouspottery masks.• Belfast and Waterval Onder aretowns worth a visit.• The Panorama Route includesGod’s Window, Bourke’s LuckPotholes and the Three Rondawels.• Blyde River Canyon is the world’sbiggest green canyon of cascadingwaterfalls, offering White Riverrafting, bungee jumping, hot airballooning, and walking trails.• Mac-Mac Falls and Lisbon Fallsare spectacular sightings.• Pilgrim’s Rest is a picturesquemuseum town.• Known as the Cultural Heartland,Ndebele beadwork and craftsabound.• Nyani Shangaan Cultural Villageand Matsulu Village offer authenticShangaan cuisine.• Kruger National Park also falls inMpumalanga’s territory.• Bushman rock paintings andarchaeological sites abound inMpumalanga.• Known as Cosmos Country,Mpumalanga’s landscape is paintedpink and white with these autumnflowers.• Chrissiesmeer is South Africa’slargest true freshwater lake and thesurrounding area is known as SouthAfrica’s ‘Lake District’ and is abreeding ground for Flamingos.• The Le Goya ruins are 1,000 year-old ruins of the first inhabitants ofthe area.• The Sudwala caves are the oldestknown caves in the world andare next to the Dinosaur Park. Amonthly crystal tour is arranged2000 metres into the cave to acrystal chamber.www.mpumalanga.comKwaZulu-NatalThe Zulu Kingdom is flanked by thewarm Indian Ocean and soaringpeaks of the majestic DrakensburgMountains. Its tropical climate andwide variety of coastal resorts makesthis province perfect for beach holidaysall year round – which is why it is thedomestic tourism leader in SouthAfrica.• The Elephant Coast alongZululand is the big game country ofKwaZulu Natal
  • 26. Best of South Africa26• The Greater St Lucia WetlandsPark is a World Heritage Site onthe Lake St Lucia estuary.• Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park andPhinda Game Reserve arepopular game reserves to visit.• Shakaland and Gingindlovu lie atthe heart of Zululand.• The Vukani Collection Museumin Eshowe houses a collection ofZulu art.• Zulu king Cetshwayo’s royalkraal reconstruction gives insightinto Zulu history, customs andculture.• Sodwana Bay is a warm-waterhaven for scuba divers.• Durban is a melting pot ofcultures, theatres and musicvenues.• Ushaka Marine World is apopular Aquarium and Wet ’n Wildamusement park• Durban harbour is the Africa’sbusiest general cargo ports andone of the largest and busiestcontainer terminals in the Southernhemisphere.• Gateway Theatre of Shopping isDurban’s entertainment centre andincludes The Wave House (world’sonly double Point Break wave), TheRock (world’s highest free-standingindoor climbing wall), 4D MotionSimulator, arcades, cinemas,theatre, and the ScienCentre.• The North Coast or DolphinCoast, nestled along sugarcountry, is a popular beach
  • 27. Best of South Africa 27destination with the town of Ballitomaintaining a unique small-townfeel in contrast to its massivegrowth.• The South Coast features anannual spectacle known as theSardine Run, which is one ofnature’s mysteries.• The Natal Midlands is popularfor its scenic Midlands Meanderand proximity to the Drakensburg,battlefield tours, hiking, horseriding and trout fishing.• Pietermaritzburg is the capitalof the province, known as thebest-preserved Victorian city inthe country and home to MahatmaGhandi’s statue in commemorationof his refusal to leave his train’sfirst-class ‘white’s only’compartment in 1893.• The Drakensberg is the highestmountain range in southern Africa.Known as the ‘Barrier of Spears’,uKhahlamba-Drakensberg ParkWorld Heritage Site is adornedwith Stone Age cave paintings.www.zulu.org.zaThe Free StateAt the heart of South Africa, thefarmlands of The Free State areseparated by vast prairie sprinkled withsleepy towns. It is steeped in history,has good infrastructure and a lowcrime-rate. Harvest celebrations andfestivals are important dates on thecalendars of locals and visitors alike.• The Maluti Route is a scenic routethrough the highlands into Lesotho.• Fouriesburg is famous for itsCherry picking and the annualAsparagus Festival.• The Diamond and Wine Routeis a trail of the histories of theLejweleputswa gold mines anddiamond prospectors.• The Jagersfontein’s diamondmine entrance surpassesKimberley’s Big Hole in size.• Landzicht and Wilreza’s winecellars are worth a visit in thecharming Jacobsdal area.• The Anglo-Boer War battlefieldsare home to monuments, warmuseums and concentrationcamps.• Thabo Mofutsanyana is known forits archaeological treasures, snow-capped mountains and fertile valleyhiking trails.• Clarens is a scenic and arty townon the Maluti mountain range andis close to dinosaur fossils.• The BBT Heritage Route linksBloemfontein, Botshabelo andThaba Nchu.• The Capital Bloemfontein isknown as the “City of Roses” andhas spectacular Botanical Gardens.• The Basotho Cultural Villagelies in the heart of the spectacularQwaqwa National Park.• The Steam Train Route offersenthusiasts a trip along the historicBethlehem-Bloemfontein Railroad.• Golden Gate Highlands NationalPark consists of brilliant sandstonecliffs and is home to The SentinelRock, which is the most northernpoint of the Drakensburg and thesource of the Tugela River.
  • 28. Best of South Africa28• Gariep Dam Nature Reserves isthe province’s largest reserve andis a popular fishing and boatingattraction.• Free State Goldfields is home tothe country’s largest gold-miningcomplex.• Sterkfontein Dam lies in thefoothills of the Drakensburg and isan extensive conservation area.• The Vaal Dam is a popular holidayarea with fishermen and boaters.www.freestatetourism.orgNorthern CapeLand of desert and diamonds,the Northern Cape is home to theregion’s oldest inhabitants, the San orBushman tribes of the Kalahari Desert.Prolific rock-art in the area depictstheir hunting trips and expeditions.• San or Bushman tribes of theKalahari Desert were the oldestinhabitants of South Africa andKhoisan Rock Art is prolificthroughout the Karoo.• Cairns and graves are prolific andleft behind from the Stone Age.• The Roaring Kalahari Routeis the best way to get close tothe peace and tranquillity of thisunique desert.• The Red Dune Route, namedafter the red sands of the NorthernCape, traverses a beautiful yetremote area.• The Eye of Kuruman is the largestnatural fountain in the southernhemisphere.• The Kimberley Big Hole is thelargest man-made excavation sitein the world at 215m deep and1,6km across, having wielded2722kgs of diamonds between1871 and 1914.• The Belgravia historic walktakes visitors through Kimberly’sVictorian architecture.• The Green Kalahari is anexpansive tract of shimmeringdesert sand and the RiemvasmaakDesert Wilderness and hot springis one of its gems.• The Orange River is popular with
  • 29. Best of South Africa 29white-water river rafters and is avineyard oasis.• Kgalagadi Transfrontier Parkis home to the honey badger,pangolin and bat-eared fox.• The Namaqualand is home toover 4,000 plant species and theNamakwa flowers are a uniquespectacle in spring throughoutthe Namaqua National Park.• Springbok near the GoegapNature Reserve is a popularflower route in the Hester MalanWildflower Reserve.• The Richtersveld Culturaland Botanical Landscape isa World Heritage Site and is amountainous desert owned andmanaged by descendents of theKhoi-Khoi people.• Augrabies Falls National Parkis where the thunderous OrangeRiver plunges an estimated 60metres.• Vaalharts Valley is part of thegrowing Agri-tourism movementand is one of the largest irrigationschemes in the world as itscanals water over 1000 farms.• Vanderkloof Dam is SouthAfrica’s second biggest dam andhas the highest dam wall but isalso a holiday resort.• The South African AstronomicalObservatory makes use of theNorthern Cape’s clear starlit skiesand will be home to SALT, theworld’s largest telescope.www.northerncape.org.zaEastern CapeThe province of contrasts offersisolated beaches, mountain forestsand Karoo plains. The tradition andheritage resonates with the naturalbeauty of the land as culture andnature work seamlessly together.• The Amatola Mountains has anumber of beautiful trails throughthe Hogsback forest.• Camdeboo National Park’sValley of Desolation is famousfor its unique rock formations.• Steve Biko and Nelson Mandelawere both born in the EasternCape.• Blaauwkrans Bridge offers theworld’s highest bungee jump.• The Karoo Heartland contrastswith the Storms River Villageleading to the Sunshine Coast.• The Addo Elephant Park offersa malaria free African experience.• Mountain Zebra National Parkhas been significant in conservingnumbers of the unique mountainzebra and is hailed as aconservation success story.• Shamwari Game Reserve is aprivate and luxurious option ofgame viewing.• Seaview Lion Park has asuccessful white lion breedingproject.• Activities in the province includewild trout fishing, boating, snowskiing at Tiffindell (Africa’s onlyski resort), hiking, hunting, andviewing rock-art and engravings.• Port Elizabeth is renownedfor its surfing, bodysurfing,windsurfing and waterskiing.• Grahamstown is a frontier townwhich hosts its world-famousNational Arts Festival• Jeffrey’s Bay is a famous surfspot.• East London has South Africa’sonly river port.• The Garden Route includes thescenery along St. Francis Bay,Oyster Bay and Mossel Bay.• Kenton-on-Sea and PortAlfred are holiday towns offeringfantastic swimming, surfing,sailing, water-skiing, boardsailing,and boating.• Xhosa cultural rites andceremonies can be viewed inKhaya La Bantu Culture Village.
  • 30. Best of South Africa30• Fort Hare University is the almamater of Nelson Mandela andOliver Tambo and houses theLiberation Archives.• The Steve Biko Garden ofRemembrance is in KingWilliams Town.• The Wild Coast is a remote andrustic area offering beach horse-rides, scuba diving and angling.• The Nelson Mandela NationalMuseum holds personalartefacts such as a signedboxing glove given to NelsonMandela by Muhammed Ali.www.ectourism.co.zaWestern CapeThe fairest Cape is home to one ofSouth Africa’s most famous touristattractions - the magical city ofCape Town and the backdrop ofTable Mountain. Also known as winecountry, the Western Cape offers adiversity of attractions.• Table Mountain offerspanoramic views of Cape Townand Robben Island and is anatural heritage site due to itsnumerous types of flora andfynbos.• Robben Island is where NelsonMandela spent 18 of his 27 yearsin prison.• Greenmarket Square includes theattractions of the Grand Parade,the Castle of Good Hope, theDistrict Six Museum, St George’sCathedral and the Bo-KaapMuseum.• Victoria and Alfred Waterfront isthe prime shopping and dining areaof the city of Cape Town.• Pristine beaches are renownedin Cape Town, including Clifton,Camps Bay, Muizenberg andKommektjie, while Boulder’s Bay isfamous for its penguins.• Fishhoek, Hout Bay and Kalk Bayare beautiful coastal hamlet towns.• The Cape of Good Hope andCape Hangklip mark either side ofFalse Bay.• Cape Agulhas is the southern-most tip of Africa and marks theplace where the Atlantic Oceanmeets the Indian Ocean, althoughthe shifting currents of the coldBenguela and warm Agulhasensure this occasionally differs.
  • 31. Best of South Africa 31• Shipwrecks are scattered all theway along the Cape coastline,owing to the nickname the ‘Capeof storms’.• Dyer Island Nature Reserve andGeyser Rock Island• Cage Diving is popular in thenarrow channel known as ‘GreatWhite Shark Capital of the World’.• Hermanus is a coastal town withspectacular Southern Right Whalesightings.• The Cape Winelands is ascenic area whose vineyardshave produced South Africa’sspectacular quality wine.• Stellenbosch, Franschhoek,Darling and Paarl are popular andscenic towns.• Rivers in the wine country includeSwartland, Olifants River andBreede River Valley.• Indigenous flower trails offerfirsthand experience with thisunique biome of flora (Klein andCentral Karoo).• Intriguing Geology can befound in Khoi-San rock-art andfascinating rock distortions such asthe Cango Caves.• The Garden Route travels throughparts of the Western Cape as ithugs the coastline between MosselBay and Storms River mouth,with its greatest attractions beingthe Tsitsikamma National Park,Plettenberg Bay and KnysnaForest.www.capetourism.org
  • 32. Best of South Africa32Hosting mega-eventsSouth Africa has shown the world how it’s done.With a string of sporting achievementsbehind its name, South Africa hasmore than proven its capability inhosting mega-events. Mega-eventsare mostly sports-centred; and in asport-loving nation like South Africa,one can expect the utmost care andpassion as a host. After successfullybidding to host the 2010 FIFA WorldCup, South Africa proved all its criticswrong in pulling off one of the mostsuccessful and memorable WorldCups in FIFA history. However, thiswas not only an event for South Africa,but also a feather in the cap of Africa.This went to prove that developingcountries can host sustainable mega-events.Mega-events draw hoards ofinternational visitors which directlycontribute to the host country’seconomy. The exposure which camewith hosting the world’s biggestsporting event was invaluable – itdoesn’t hurt either that the SouthAfrican economy was boosted by
  • 33. Best of South Africa 33R3.6-billion and saw 309,000 visitorspassing through. This is indeed alasting legacy which has imprinteditself in the minds and hearts ofAfricans, as well as on the tourismindustry. The legacy left behind is thatof infrastructure, economic growth,skills, jobs, nation building, andbranding. Since hosting the event,South Africa has gained prestigeand notice – officially putting Africaon the map. Foreign commerce hasincreased as investors took notice ofthe modernisation of the country.South Africa has successfullyhosted a number of sporting events,although on a lesser scale than theFIFA World Cup. These include acombination of international events,such as the Rugby World Cup, Cricket
  • 34. Best of South Africa34World Cup, A1 Grand Prix, IndianPremier League, World Cups of Golf,Athletics, and Swimming, as well asa number of home-grown events.South Africa was also awarded thehonour of hosting the 2013 AfricaCup of Nations after Libya was forcedto withdraw as hosts. This cementsSouth Africa’s position as leader ofhosting successful major internationalsporting events.The prestigious FIFA World Cuppresented a new opportunity tohighlight South Africa’s positionas the gateway to sub-SaharanAfrica. Exploration of the potential ofSouthern Africa was opened wide.Positive imagery of South Africabombarded people from all over theworld for the majority of 2010. Thisimagery helped coax investmentdecisions – not only in physicalinvestment, but also tourism which isan indirect investment.Industries which immediatelybenefitted from the World Cup wereaccommodation, catering, retailand transport. A major long-lastingbeneficiary was infrastructure.The introduction of the Gautrainhigh speed railway as well as theupgrade of highways and new buslanes has shortened commutingtimes and in return, increasedproductivity. One of the othermajor invaluable benefits was theincitement of national pride andexposure for South Africans. Thiswas also most notable in the 1995
  • 35. Best of South Africa 35Rugby World Cup which SouthAfrica used to announce its re-emergence into international sport,while simultaneously uniting thecountry. This pride is reaffirmedin the lasting image of PresidentNelson Mandela lifting up theWebb Ellis Cup in the number sixSpringbok jersey. This presented adefining moment for South Africa,and the recent 2010 FIFA World Cupagain stirred these memories.The achievements of the hostwere only fully comprehended onreflection of the 2010 FIFA WorldCup. FIFA President Sepp Blattergave South Africa nine out of 10 asa host. The tournament demandedmassive focus and resourceallocation from national, provincialand city government purses as eachof the nine host cities needed majoradjustments. There were significantimmediate benefits in job increases,advanced technology, world-classfacilities and improved transportsystems. The social benefits initiatedfrom spin-off programmes will alsohave a lasting impact on SouthAfrica. The country has proved thatmega-events can be successfullyhosted in a sustainable way bydeveloping countries. With Africa thefastest growing region in the world,this is reassuring news, as the wayhas been paved.
  • 36. Best of South Africa36The legacy of Nelson Mandelaand 100 years of ANCAs the African National Congress celebrates its 100th year in 2012, we pay tribute toone of the organisation’s greatest legends. Nelson Mandela, fondly known as Madiba,was the first president of democratic South Africa from 1994 until 1999 when hestepped aside as president of the ANC.Cup when hosts South Africa cameaway as champions and the newpresident made the symbolic gestureof lifting the trophy in celebration.His understanding of human spiritand pride aided him in uniting thepreviously divided country.Over the decades, Mandela hasreceived over 250 awards includingthe Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. InNovember 2009, the United NationsGeneral Assembly declared Mandela’sbirthday “International MandelaDay” to honour his contribution toworld freedom. On this day everyyear, people are asked to spend 67minutes of their day doing communityservice or charitable work. This is inreference to the 67 years of his lifethat Mandela dedicated to freedom.Physical tributes are also part ofHe is a symbol to all of great humilityand reconciliation. Mandela displayedimmense wisdom, strength and gracein his fight against apartheid. Hispursuit of freedom as a militant activistwhich left him imprisoned for 27 years,as well as his care for children andlove of family are endearing valueswhich have left a great example for thehuman race. His legacy will remain forcenturies to come. Nelson RolihlahlaMandela was born on 18thJuly 1918.During his presidency, Mandelafocused on alleviating poverty andinequality through the introduction ofpolicies. These were vital foundationsthat he laid for the future leadershipof South Africa to build on. One of themost captivating and iconic images ofMandela was at the 1995 Rugby World
  • 37. Best of South Africa 37Mandela’s legacy, such as his statuein Parliament Square, London, thesix metre statue at Nelson MandelaSquare in Sandton Johannesburg,Nelson Mandela Gardens in Leeds,and Nelson Mandela Bridgein Johannesburg.Tied closely to Nelson Mandela’sstory is that of the ANC, whichwas jointly formed in Bloemfonteinon 8thJanuary 1912 by chiefs,representatives of people’sorganisations, churches, andprominent individuals. Startedas a liberation movement, thecentennial milestone of the ANC is anachievement which echoes the effortsof many prominent struggle icons overthe years. The history and heritagebehind the ANC is one which inducesgreat pride in its supporters whofought fearlessly for freedom againstracial oppression. In celebration ofthe centennial year, there has beenreflection of the traditions and valuesof the party. It is important to reflecton these principles so as to rememberto ensure the core values are upheldat the forefront of the party.The ANC’s aim for the centennial isto celebrate the achievements of themovement, leave an imprint on theSouth African consciousness aboutthe role of the ANC as the liberator ofthe South African people, leave oldergenerations and participants in theliberation struggle with memories topass on and keep the memory aliveby offering the younger generationaccess to the story of liberation.The centennial is being observedas a hallmark achievement for South www.anc.org.zaAfrica as well as Africa. In the SouthAfrican context, the ANC is theproduct of the South African struggleand aimed to liberate Africans andto unite all South Africans regardlessof colour, in turn transforming thecountry. In the African context, theANC is a product of the continent’sstruggles for liberation and quest forunity, peace and security. Not onlyis it the continent’s oldest liberationmovement, but also was a foundationand inspiration for most of today’sAfrican liberation movements. Thecontinent offered shelter and securityto many in exile and so played a partin the freedom South Africa nowenjoys.
  • 38. Best of South Africa38Thapelo Letsholo, Global Village AfricaProudly AfricanBoosting Trade, Development andCultural Relations across Africa.www.ProudlyAfrican.infoProudly African is an initiative ofGlobal Village Africa which is amarketing and business platformgeared towards showcasing andharmonising Africa’s development,trade and cultural diversity to a globalaudience.This is where the BEST OFAFRICA in business, governmentand non-profit organisations unite,promoting their vision and bestpractice in order to find the rightcustomers, partnerships and jointventures - in order to grow alongsidethe continent’s indisputable economicpotential.The initiative has an unstoppablemagnetic presence with its evergrowing country and sectoral windowalready in over 20 African states.We invite all leaders in businessand government across Africa toshowcase and integrate their visionsand activities so as to promoteinter-Africa trade, investment andtechnology transfer from around theglobe.We also invite all Africa’s media,trade exhibitions, conferencesand business chambers to use theplatform to gain mutually beneficialexposure.Fully unlocking Africa’s promiserequires greater continent-wideeconomic integration and inter-trade;such as in Europe, where integrationhas enabled the continent to becomethe world’s single biggest market.Integration and inter-trade is not onlyurgent, but also indispensable tounlock economies of scale and propelAfrica’s competitiveness in the globaleconomy, thus aligning the continentwith the global flows of trade andfinance as an equal partner.Africa’s massive economicpotential still lies largely untapped -but not for much longer. The world iscoming and so is the dream of a moreunited Africa. We need to make surewe maximise on the growth for thebenefit of all of Africa and its people.
  • 39. Best of South Africa 39Minister of Trade and Industry,Dr Rob Davies (MP)Since the ushering of the current administration in 2009, the government has focusedon the reorientation of its economic programmes to stabilise the economy and put it onthe job-creating trajectory.Dr Rob Davies, MPMinister of Trade and IndustryNational callers:  0861 843 384       International callers:  +27 12 394 9500      E-mail: contactus@thedti.gov.zawww.dti.gov.zaDr Rob Davies, MP - Minister of Trade and IndustryThe Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) hastaken greater cognisance of the need to re-industrialisethe economy and ensure that it can respond to thechallenges of high unemployment, inequality andpoverty. Great strides have been made towardsaddressing these challenges despite the existence ofserious constraints.Such efforts include the New Growth Path (NGP),which was approved by Cabinet in October 2010. TheNGP has set a target of creating five million jobs by2020 and has identified manufacturing as one of its keyjob drivers. At the centre of the dti’s efforts to supportthe manufacturing sector is the Industrial Policy ActionPlan (IPAP), the new iteration of which will build on thesuccess of our current industrial development plan inenhancing the local productive capacity. This will bedone through the implementation of carefully identifiedtransversal interventions to address the structuralchallenges and sector-specific interventions to supportsectors that are crucial for the growth of the economyand can create jobs.the dti will continue to engage other departmentsin the economic sector to facilitate the smoothimplementation of IPAP. This will include refinement ofroles and responsibilities of departments involved inimplementation. A process has been put in place toensure that certain functions, such as tourism, forestryand space, are more properly assigned to the relevantnational departments.Trade diversification, both in terms of productsand markets, is critical for the recovery of the SouthAfrican economy, especially for manufacturing.Global economic dynamics dictate shifting our exportdestinations towards the East, South and Africa,while acknowledging that the European and Americanmarkets are still significant and cannot be ignored.South Africa is also required to shift its focus towardsincreasing exports of manufactured goods.Increasing trade with African and Asian countrieswill be prioritised. Already, South Africa leads theAfrican Union’s work on infrastructure investmentsuch as the North-South Corridor. This continentalinfrastructural investment drive is expected tocontribute substantially to the enhancement of theproductive capacity of the continent. Our positionwhen it comes to economic integration in Africa isvery clear; Africa needs to put more emphasis ondeveloping industrial capabilities.Regional industrial initiatives will be explored withinthe Southern African Development Community (SADC)and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) tosupport specific sectoral value chains. Emphasis willalso be given to our trade relationship with the BRICcountries (Brazil, Russia, India and China).The work on industrial development and broadeningparticipation will be complemented by the efforts weare undertaking on the regulatory front. Reforms in theCompanies Act have yielded results in improving thebusiness environment. We will continue with criticalregulatory reforms that support overall growth andmeaningful economic transformation.
  • 40. Best of South Africa40IDC – creatingopportunities in AfricaSouth Africa is a limited market and our domestic businesseswere inevitably and naturally growing into the rest of the continent.The IDC already had the skills baseto invest in any sector either on anequity or debt basis, so we extendedourselves by dedicating about 10-15percent of our capital to the rest of thecontinent.The IDC is now invested in virtuallyevery SADC country; however, we arealso now invested in Nigeria, Ghana,South Sudan and Egypt, in addition toSADC. Our investments have primarilybeen in mining, but also in tourism,agriculture and infrastructure such astelecoms and power.This is a trend we may expectto see for some years to come asthe continent’s developmental needis so great. For IDC and for SouthAfrica, this is a sensible policy as sub-Saharan Africa is our logical area ofpolitical influence.A relatively new market for the IDCis Zimbabwe, where we already haveinvestments in two mines, one tourismproject as well as looking at extendinglines of credits to domestic DFIs.The challenges of Africa are wellknown and oft-repeated, though onlynow are governments beginning totalk about these seriously.The biggest challenge facingsub-Saharan Africa is the Eurocentric www.idc.co.zanature of its transportation networksand trade flows. Intra-Africa trade isminuscule, yet this in itself provides ahuge opportunity. What is encouragingis that at Davos, several of Africa’spresidents began a discussionregarding the need to beneficiate ournatural exports; for it is in this that thereal opportunity lies to develop Africa.There is always room forimprovement and for newcomers. Forinstance, studies reveal that yieldsfrom African agriculture are low byinternational standards and in factsome African countries have to importfood. Given our space and capacity,Africa at a minimum should be self-sufficient.The increased interest in Africaexpressed by the BRIC nationsrequires more careful judgment.Investment has to be one of win-winrather than other countries simplyshipping out our raw materials andcreating jobs in their home economies.When approving inward investments itshould be with the proviso that highlyskilled jobs are created locally as partof the business plan.This is particularly importantwith the vast infrastructure deficiton the continent: we must insistthat investment by foreigners isaccompanied by improvementsin infrastructure – then, with eachsubsequent development we will findthe local economic base graduallygrowing.We have the model of telecoms.Investment was made in such amanner that the roll-out created newjobs and business opportunities hand-in-hand with that roll-out. The sameshould be insisted on with power andtransport.In this manner, we will begin toencourage intra-African trade.Geoffrey Qhena,IDC Chief Executive OfficerGeoffrey Qhena, IDC Chief Executive Officer
  • 41. Best of South Africa 41Vision statement from ExecutiveMayor of the City of Ekurhuleni,Councillor Mondli GungubeleCouncillor Mondli Gungubele - Executive MayorWe have come a long way, as a country; from a pariah to an active participant on the international stage. Similarly, the Cityof Ekurhuleni, formed just over a decade ago, is slowly positioning itself to be an active player among the internationalfamily of cities that play host to successful airports.For decades, Ekurhuleni has been the ‘manufacturing workshop of Africa’, located within the industrial hub of theGauteng Province of South Africa. As host to the OR Tambo International Airport, Ekurhuleni is further positioned tobecome the first aerotropolis on the African continent.In this regard, the city’s framework for long-term growth and development incorporates plans and procedures for theactual development of a successful aerotropolis as a legacy for future generations.It is my hope and expectation that as you browse through this brief introduction to Ekurhuleni, you will understandwhy we are so excited about the future prospects for our residents and visitors alike. I look forward to welcoming you toEkurhuleni – our place of peace!Councillor Mondli GungubeleExecutive MayorCity ofEkurhuleniEkurhuleni Metropolitan MunicipalityTel: +27 11 999 7916Fax: +27 11 999 8183www.ekurhuleni.,gov.za
  • 42. Best of South Africa42Message from Helen ZillePremier of the Western CapeThis edition of “Best of South Africa” showcases what the country has to offer, andhighlights the Western Cape as an investment and tourism destination. I think you’llagree that the possibilities are incredibly exciting.Helen Zille Premier of the Western CapeThe provincial government has bold ambitionsto make the Western Cape the trade andtourism gateway for our country and the Africancontinent. Our number one priority in this province isto stimulate job-creating economic growth, becauseit is the only sustainable way to beat poverty. Thepublication “Best of South Africa” will assist ourprovince and country in achieving this by marketingour economic potential to the rest of the world.Cape Town, with its Majestic Mountain and coastalscenery, has won numerous awards over the lastfew years. It was, for example, rated as the world’snumber one long haul conference destination by theUK’s Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Eventsinternational survey. Cape Town has also been ratedas the number one city in the Middle East/AfricaRegion and number ten globally by the US Travel &Leisure Magazine.There are also many reasons why the WesternCape is a highly attractive investment and foreigntrade destination.Firstly, the provincial government is doing all it canto boost investor confidence. This starts with goodclean governance and addressing the key constraintsto investment such as infrastructure backlogs, redtape and crime.Secondly, the Western Cape boasts three worldclass ports in Cape Town, Saldanha and Mossel Bay.The ports of Cape Town and Saldanha offer excellentshipping and cargo services, and Mossel Bay acts asa hub for the gas industry operating off its shores.The oil and gas industry is a major investmentopportunity in the province. Other fields includerenewable energy, manufacturing related to themaritime industry, tourism, information communicationtechnology, business process outsourcing, callcentres and small business development.Thirdly, our well-developed road and rail networksstrategically link Cape Town and the province with therest of South Africa and its neighbouring countries.All these factors have created a healthy andattractive market economy in our province. Thesefactors are expanded on further in this showcaseof “Best of South Africa”.I hope you enjoy reading more about what ourcountry and province has to offer.Helen ZillePremier of the Western Cape
  • 43. Best of South Africa 43Business Unity South Africa(BUSA)BUSA is a confederation of business organisationsincluding chambers of commerce and industry, professionalassociations, corporate associations and organisations.BUSA President, Mrs Futhi MtobaVisionBUSA aims to be a unified and fullyrepresentative organisation thatcontributes to a vibrant, transformingand growing economy in South Africa.ObjectivesBUSA’s objectives are to:-• Act as the principal representativeof business in South Africa inits national, sub-continental,continental and internationalspheres of activity so as toensure a primary and consistentrepresentation of the views of theSouth African business community.• Promote broad-based BlackEconomic Empowerment by:- Designing strategies andprogrammes aimed atbroadbased Black EconomicEmpowerment, having regardto existing reports, studies andinitiatives;- Engaging government,corporate South Africa andother stakeholders on issues ofbroad-based Black EconomicEmpowerment;- Influencing appropriatelegislation to create an enablingenvironment;- Promoting transformation bothwithin organised business, aswell as at enterprise level.• Advance and promote initiativesaimed at job creation and thealleviation of poverty.• Act for and represent the viewsof its members at national, sub-continental, continental andinternational levels by:- Acting on behalf of its memberson mandated issues;- Influencing legislation and policyin the interests of members;- Lobbying and advocatingagreed upon positions andTel: +27 11 784 8000 • Fax: +27 11 784 8004Email: busa@busa.org.za • www.busa.org.zapolicies with government,labour, communities and otherstakeholders;- The commissioning of researchon relevant issues;- Acting as a caucus for itsmembership in appropriateforums and bodies;- Arranging representation onbehalf of member organisations,or nominating representativesof member organisations, tocommissions, committees orother institutions in accordancewith decisions taken bymembers;- Co-operating and, whereappropriate, affiliatingwith relevant internationalorganisations and bodiesand representing memberorganisations in internationalbodies;- Communicating and consultingwith members on importantinternational affairs whichmay impact on South Africanbusiness interests.• Enable business to play ameaningful strategic role in SouthAfrica’s overall development by:- Promoting South Africadomestically and internationally;- Promoting the developmentof an economic and socialsystem based on theprinciples of justice, a marketoriented economy, individualentrepreneurship and equalopportunities;- Giving attention to the role ofsmall and medium businessenterprises in all sectors andto the development of linkagesbetween large, medium andsmall businesses to the benefitof the economy as a whole.It represents South African businesson macro-economic and highlevelissues that affect it at the national andinternational levels. BUSA ’s functionis to ensure that business plays aconstructive role in the country’seconomic growth, developmentand transformation and to create anenvironment in which businesses ofall sizes and in all sectors can thrive,expand and be competitive.As the principal representativeof business in South Africa, BUSArepresents the views of its membersin a number of national structuresand bodies, both statutory and non-statutory. BUSA also representsbusinesses’ interests in the NationalEconomic Development and LabourCouncil (NEDLAC).MissionBUSA aims to ensure that organisedbusiness plays a constructive role,within the context of the country’seconomic growth, development andeconomic transformation goals, inachieving an environment in whichbusinesses of all sizes and in allsectors can thrive, expand and becompetitive both nationally andinternationally.
  • 44. Best of South Africa44Ilembe District Municipality –KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaHis Worship Cllr S.W. Mdabe, Mayor of iLembe District Municipality, KwaZulu-NatalThe iLembe District Municipalitytogether with its EconomicDevelopment Agency, EnterpriseiLembe, recently completed a Spatial& Economic Development Strategyfor the region considering both theLow & High Road scenarios for thelong-term. Whilst both scenarioscould be very possible one way oranother, we are confident the regionis extremely well placed for upwardeconomic growth.There is a strong positivesentiment from the business sectorfor new direct investment into theregion, creating pressure to deliveron serviced commercial sites foroccupation, as well as on theupgrade of existing infrastructure toaccommodate the new demands.This is an exciting time for the regionas a whole, with the ProvincialGrowth and Development Strategyfor the Province of KwaZulu-Natal,as approved by Cabinet in the lastquarter of 2011, clearly indicatingthat the northern corridor will becomethe focus of economic growth overthe next 20 years and beyond.This bodes extremely well for thedistrict, which will again experienceunprecedented growth once theworldwide economy manages to finditself on better footing to allow forgrowth to occur once again.The key economic drivers inthe district are still consistent inthe sectors of agriculture, tourism,manufacturing and services and asa district we strive to continuouslybridge the huge divide betweenthe first and second economiesthrough the identification, facilitationand implementation of catalyticand high impact projects. We aretherefore pleased that the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Governmentbudget addresses both the socialinfrastructure as well as economicinfrastructure development. It is abudget that will stimulate economicgrowth and employment creationin the Province, especially throughinfrastructure development. This was
  • 45. Best of South Africa 45Enterprise iLembePO Box 593 Ballito 4420Cnr Link Road & Ballito DriveBallito, KZN, SATel: +27 32 946 1256Fax: +27 32 946 3515info@enterpriseilembe.co.zawww.enterpriseilembe.co.zaalso articulated by the President inthe 2012 State of the Nation Address.The philosophy that drivesEnterprise iLembe is therefore builton global best practice principlesin Local Economic Development.“Local Economic Development isa participatory process where localpeople from all sectors work togetherto stimulate local commercial activity,resulting in a resilient and sustainableeconomy. It is a tool to help createsustainable jobs and improve thequality of life for everyone, includingthe poor and marginalised.” We thinkglobal and act LOCAL.We need to ensure that ouractions create confidence in thecommunities we serve in order thatwe pave the way for future leadersto be able to pick up from whereothers have left off and that there iscontinuity and accountability for ouractions.As a district we are committedand fully support the NationalDevelopment Plan to ensure thatwe collectively and collaborativelyembark on a journey towardsequality; where in 2030, South Africawill be a socially integrated, safe andsustainable place to live and conductbusiness in, we look forward to aproductive economy due to increasedexports, capital investment andsavings; where millions of jobs willhave been created.His Worship Cllr S.W. MdabeMayor of iLembe District MunicipalityKwaZulu-Natal
  • 46. Best of South Africa46BRICS and Tripartite Agreement openingIntra-African trade doorsThe world has taken notice of the vast current growth in Africa and for the first time itseems as though Africa itself has awoken to its own ample potential. Our leaders aremoving to take back control of our resources and utilise our value collectively.There is now a decisive push towardsdeveloping Intra-African trade.This new buzzword, popular sincethe 2012 African Union Summitin Ethiopia, seems to be the mostobvious solution to keeping Africancommodities for the benefit ofAfricans. This however means thata fine line must be tread; not onlyin negotiations and agreements,but also in ensuring that necessaryinternational trade exchanges aremaintained.Africa is a continent made upof diverse countries with eachfollowing unique codes and practicesin diplomacy and trade. There aremany challenges to overcome forcollaboration, but the value of workingtogether for Africa’s benefit has beenconsensually accepted.Tripartite AgreementAlso announced at the close of the18thSummit of the African Union,was that Africa is targeting theestablishment of a Continental FreeTrade Area (CFTA) by 2017, whichis currently being negotiated foroperation. The first step in finalisingthe CFTA is getting final agreementon the Tripartite Agreement betweenthe East African Community (EAC),the Common Market for Easternand Southern Africa (COMESA), andthe Southern African DevelopmentCommunity (SADC) by 2014. Africa’sother trade areas would then followsuit through the example shown bythe Tripartite Agreement.The Heads of State of COMESA,EAC and SADC countries agreed toeffectively establish a Tripartite FreeTrade Area (T-FTA) in 2008. Onceestablished, the T-FTA will constitutean integrated market of 26 countrieswith a combined population of nearly600-million people and a total grossdomestic product of up to US$1-trillion.At the Tripartite Summit held inJohannesburg on 12 June 2011,Tripartite Ministers decided to launchnegotiations on the establishmentof the T-FTA. The vision is that theTripartite Free Trade Area will be amechanism for accelerating Africanintegration and Intra-African tradeas outlined in the Abuja Treatyestablishing the African EconomicCommunity. The Tripartite FTA iswelcomed as the solution to theoverlapping membership manyeastern and southern Africancountries have through multiple tradeagreements.
  • 47. Best of South Africa 47With these developments, this isconsequently an opportune time forinnovative South African and Africanentrepreneurs to look into how theycan benefit from this extraordinarygrowth in export and trade. Thesetrade agreements will pave a newpath for trade to flow freely betweencountries, and these early stageswill see interested parties eagerlymaking their stake.BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India,China, South Africa)South Africa’s inclusion in the BRICgrouping, resulting in the newlyformed BRICS, has allowed it toact as a gateway and thereforeregulator for import and export onthe continent. This role in tradenegotiation is only viable throughSouth Africa’s own African tradeagreements. In this way, thegroupings involved in the T-FTA aregiven open access to the BRICSmarkets, linking South Africaand the region to over 1-billionconsumers in the BRICS memberregions.South Africa is the 27thbiggesteconomy in the world with aGDP of $354-billion according tothe IMF. As a first-tier emergingmarket, South Africa’s inclusionin BRICS presents the group withthe opportunity of representingthe emerging world in the greatestsense.Benefits of Intra-African TradeOne of the key ways in whichAfrican countries are openingtrade with each other is throughthe major drive in infrastructuredevelopment. Intra-African tradeis essentially greater connectivitybetween African countries and soit serves to unify the continent.With unity comes strength and thisstrength is hoped to be reflected inthe economic figures of the yearsahead. Improved infrastructureand regional corridors will aidin connecting African countriestogether for trade.Enhanced Intra-African tradeand deepened market integrationwill provide improved tradeperformance and competitivenessfor the region, contributingsignificantly to sustainableeconomic growth, job creation andpoverty reduction, foreign directinvestment, industrial developmentand continental integration into theglobal economy. 
  • 48. Best of South Africa48The Southern African DevelopmentCommunity (SADC) has been inexistence since 1980, when it wasformed as a loose alliance of ninemajorityruled States in Southern Africaknown as the Southern AfricanDevelopment CoordinationConference (SADCC), with the mainaim of coordinating developmentprojects in order to lessen economicdependence on the then apartheidSouth Africa.The founding Member States are:Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi,Mozambique, Swaziland, UnitedRepublic of Tanzania, Zambia andZimbabwe.SADCC was formed in Lusaka,Zambia on April 1, 1980, following theadoption of the Lusaka Declaration -Southern Africa: Towards EconomicLiberation.The transformation of theorganisation from a CoordinationConference into a DevelopmentCommunity (SADC) took place on 17August, 1992 in Windhoek, Namibiawhen the Declaration and Treaty wassigned at the Summit of Heads ofState and Government thereby givingThe Southern AfricanDevelopment Community (SADC)
  • 49. Best of South Africa 49THE SADC VISIONThe SADC vision is one of a commonfuture, a future within a regionalcommunity that will ensure economicwell-being, improvement of thestandards of living and quality oflife, freedom and social justice andpeace and security for the peoples ofSouthern Africa. This shared visionis anchored on the common valuesand principles and the historical andcultural affinities that exist betweenthe people of Southern Africa.the organisation a legal character.The Member States are Angola,Botswana, the Democratic Republic ofCongo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi,Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia,Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland,United Republic of Tanzania, Zambiaand Zimbabwe.SADC headquarters are inGaborone, Botswana.SADC HeadquartersPlot No. 54385Central Business DistrictPrivate Bag 0095GaboroneBotswanaTel: +267 395 1863Fax: +267 397 2848Email: registry@sadc.intwww.sadc.intDr. Tomaz Augusto SalomãoExecutive Secretary
  • 50. Best of South Africa50The Common Market for Easternand Southern Africa (COMESA)COMESA’s Priorities andObjectivesThe history of COMESA began inDecember 1994 when it was formedto replace the former PreferentialTrade Area (PTA) which had existedfrom the earlier days of 1981.COMESA (as defined by its Treaty)was established “as an organisationof free independent sovereign stateswhich have agreed to co-operate indeveloping their natural and humanresources for the good of all theirpeople” and as such it has a wide-ranging series of objectives whichnecessarily include in its priorities thepromotion of peace and security inthe region.However, due to COMESA’seconomic history and backgroundits main focus is on the formation ofa large economic and trading unitthat is capable of overcoming someof the barriers that are faced byindividual states. COMESA’s currentstrategy can thus be summed upin the phrase “economic prosperitythrough regional integration”. Withits 19 member states, population ofover 389-million and annual importbill of around US$32-billion with anexport bill of US$82-billion COMESAforms a major market place forboth internal and external trading.Its area is impressive on the mapof the African Continent coveringa geographical area of 12 millionsquare kilometres. Its achievementsto date have been significant.A Free Trade AreaThe FTA was achieved on 31stOctober, 2000 when eight of themember States (namely Djibouti,Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi,Mauritius, Sudan, Zambia andZimbabwe) eliminated their tariffson COMESA originating products, inaccordance with the tariff reductionschedule adopted in 1992. Thisfollowed a trade liberalisationprogramme that commenced in1984 on reduction and eventualelimination of tariff and non-tariffbarriers to intra-regional trade.Burundi and Rwanda joined theFTA on 1st January 2004. Theseten FTA members have not onlyeliminated customs tariffs but areworking on the eventual eliminationof quantitative restrictions and othernon-tariff barriers.Customs UnionA Customs Union may be definedas a merger of two or more customsterritories into a single customsterritory, in which customs duties andMr Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General – COMESA
  • 51. Best of South Africa 51other measures that restrict trade areeliminated for a substantial amount oftrade between the merged territories.The territories, in turn apply the sameduties and measures in their tradewith third parties.In preparation for a Customs Unionthe Eleventh Meeting of the Councilof Ministers held in Cairo, Egyptadopted a Road Map that outlinedprogrammes and activities whoseimplementation was necessary beforethe launching of the Union.Trade PromotionOther objectives which will be metto assist in the achievement of tradepromotion include:• Trade liberalisation and Customsco-operation, including theintroduction of a unifiedcomputerised Customs networkacross the region.• Improving the administration oftransport and communicationsto ease the movement of goods,services and people between thecountries.• Creating an enabling environmentand legal framework which willencourage the growth of theprivate sector, the establishmentof a secure investmentenvironment, and the adoption ofa common set of standards.• The harmonisation of macro-economic and monetary policiesthroughout the region.COMESA InstitutionsSeveral institutions have been createdto promote subregional co-operationand development. These include:• The COMESA Trade andDevelopment Bank in Nairobi,Kenya• The COMESA Clearing House inHarare, Zimbabwe• The COMESA Association ofCommercial Banks in Harare,Zimbabwe• The COMESA Leather Institute inEthiopia• The COMESA Re-InsuranceCompany (ZEP-RE) in Nairobi,KenyaIn addition a Court of Justice was alsoestablished under the COMESA Treatyand became formally operational in1998.Further initiatives exist to promotecross border initiatives, form acommon industrial policy andintroduce a monetary harmonisationprogramme.What COMESA OffersCOMESA offers its members andpartners a wide range of benefitswhich include:• A wider, harmonised and morecompetitive market• Greater industrial productivity andcompetitiveness• Increased agricultural productionand food security• A more rational exploitation ofnatural resources• More harmonised monetary,banking and financial policies• More reliable transport andcommunications infrastructureThe Decision making ProcessCOMESA has evolved acomprehensive decision-makingstructure at the top of which are theHeads of State of the 20 membercountries. There is then a Councilof Ministers responsible for policymaking, 12 technical committeesand a series of other advisory bodies(including specific relations withpartner countries and the businesscommunity). In addition each memberstate appoints liaison persons in theirappropriate ministries who form partof the day-to-day communicationprocess.Overall co-ordination is achievedthrough the Secretariat, based inLusaka, Zambia, who will be happy todeal with all initial communication.www.comesa.int
  • 52. Best of South Africa52The Treaty for Establishment of the EastAfrican Community was signed on 30November 1999 and entered into forceon 7 July 2000 following its ratificationby the original three Partner States– Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. TheRepublic of Rwanda and the Republicof Burundi acceded to the EAC Treatyon 18 June 2007 and became fullMembers of the Community with effectfrom 1 July 2007.Mission and VisionThe Vision of EAC is a prosperous,competitive, secure, stable andpolitically united East Africa; andthe Mission is to widen and deepenEconomic, Political, Social andCultural integration in order to improvethe quality of life of the peopleof East Africa through increasedcompetitiveness, value addedproduction, trade and investments.The EAC’s core values are:• Professionalism• Accountability• Transparency• Teamwork• Unity in Diversity• Allegiance to EAC idealsAims and objectivesThe EAC aims at widening anddeepening co-operation amongthe Partner States in, amongothers, political, economic andsocial fields for their mutualbenefit. To this extent the EACcountries established a CustomsUnion in 2005 and a CommonMarket in 2010. The next phaseof the integration will see the blocenter into a Monetary Union andultimately become a PoliticalFederation of the East AfricanStates.Enlargement of the communityThe realisation of a large regionaleconomic bloc encompassingBurundi, Kenya, Rwanda, TanzaniaThe East African CommunityThe East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organisation ofthe Republics of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Rwandaand Republic of Burundi with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • 53. Best of South Africa 53AchievementsThe main achievement has been the implementation ofconfidence-building measures that have spurred andenergised Partner States’ efforts in regional integration.Partner States have expanded the spirit and enhancedthe basis of the Community from the initial threshold ofmere cooperation to a higher level of integration, with theultimate objective being political federation.and Uganda with a combined population of more than130-million people (2010*), land area of 1.82-million squarekilometres and a combined Gross Domestic Product of$74.5-billion (2009*), bears great strategic and geopoliticalsignificance and prospects of a renewed and reinvigoratedEast African Community.Current statusThe regional integration process is at a high pitch at themoment as reflected by the encouraging progress of theEast African Customs Union and the establishment in 2010of the Common Market. The negotiations for the East African Monetary Union,which commenced in 2011, and fast tracking the processtowards East African Federation all underscore the seriousdetermination of the East African leadership and citizensto construct a powerful and sustainable East Africaneconomic and political bloc.Strategic partnershipsOver the years, EAC has laid a strong foundationfor strategic partnerships with international aid anddevelopment agencies including World Bank, EuropeanUnion, European Investment Bank, African DevelopmentBank, Swedish International Development Co-operationAgency (SIDA), United Nations Economic Commissionfor Africa, German Agency for Technical Co-operation(GIZ), East African Development Bank, UnitedKingdom Department for International Development(DFID), Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD),Commonwealth Secretariat and Danish InternationalDevelopment Agency (DANIDA).Other development partners with whom EAC expects toenter into co-operation programmes or has entered intoMemoranda of Understanding with include France, India,Finland, Canada, Sweden, Norway, International LabourOrganisation, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation,Austrian Development Co-operation and the WorldMeteorological Organisation. www.eac.intQuick factsArea (incl. water): 1.82 million sq. kmPopulation: 133.1 million (2010)GDP (current market prices): $79.2 billion (2010)EAC Headquarters: Arusha, TanzaniaFirst established: 1967Re-established: 7 July 2000Official language: EnglishSummit Chairperson: H.E. Mwai KibakiCouncil Chairperson Hon. Musa SirmaSecretary General: Amb. Richard SeziberaCourtesyofwww.eac.int
  • 54. Best of South Africa54Infrastructure is on South Africa’s main agendaDuring 2012’s State of the Nation Address on the 9th of February, President JacobZuma made it very clear that South Africa’s main focus according to the New GrowthPath is the upgrade and development of infrastructure.Infrastructure is the key to thecountry’s economic growth and willenable self-sufficiency and enticeinvestment whilst simultaneouslycreating jobs.The infrastructure drive washeralded when South Africa wonthe bid to host the 2010 FIFAFootball World Cup. The governmentimmediately increased spendingon infrastructure developmentthrough the build programme. Theeconomy was stimulated throughthe influx in employment numbers.The National Planning Commissionwas established in 2009 in order toproduce a national development planfor South Africa along the lines of itsconstitution.The first draft of the plan outlinesSouth Africa’s goals for the next20 years as well as the aims ofaddressing poverty and inequality.It is hoped that higher growth andjob creation through infrastructuredevelopment will be the solution.The New Growth Path frameworkwas launched in 2010 and identifiedSouth Africa’s job drivers asinfrastructure development, tourism,agriculture, mining, manufacturingand the green economy. As part ofthis, 2011 was a milestone in jobcreation in South Africa with the rateof unemployment coming down from25% to 23.9% with 365,000 peopleemployed in the formal sector duringthe year.President Jacob Zuma called on allSouth Africans to join government inthe infrastructure development drive.The drive will be pursued during thenext couple of years through the vastexperience gained during the 2010FIFA Soccer World Cup to managethe project successfully. The planis being driven by the PresidentialInfrastructure CoordinatingCommission (PICC). The PICC has identified strategicprojects through five majorgeographically-focused programmes:(focusing on health and basiceducation infrastructure, informationand communication technologies,and regional integration.)1. Development and integration ofrail, road and water infrastructurecentred around two main areas inthe Limpopo mineral belt2. Improvement of the movement ofgoods and economic integrationthrough a Durban-Free State-Gauteng logistics and industrialcorridor.3. Development of a major new SouthEastern node that will improvethe industrial and agriculturalCourtesyGautrain
  • 55. Best of South Africa 55development and export capacityof the Eastern Cape region.4. Expansion of the roll-out ofwater, roads, rail and electricityinfrastructure in the North-West.Ten priority roads will be upgraded.5. Improvement of infrastructureof the west coast which hasenormous potential waiting to beunlocked.In addition to these plans, SouthernAfrica was dually awarded the bidto host the Square Kilometre Array(SKA) radio telescope infrastructureproject along with Australia andNew Zealand. The South Africancontingent was bid in partnershipwith eight other African countries.The decision was made on 25 May2012 in Amsterdam, the Netherlandsand Southern Africa was identified asthe preferred site. As a result, SouthAfrica will host the majority of SKAdishes in Phase 1 which will be addedto MeerKAT. Further SKA disheswill be added to the ASKAP array inAustralia. All the dishes and the midfrequency aperture arrays for PhaseII of the SKA will be built in SouthernAfrica while the low frequencyaperture array antennas for PhaseI and II will be built in Australia andNew Zealand.SKA is the most powerfultelescope in the world and is a majormilestone in utilising the potential ofAfrica’s skies through the installationof 3000 different satellite dishes.This is a historic moment not onlyfor Africa, but for the world, inthe advancement of informationtechnologies.The North-South Road andRail Corridor is another majorinfrastructure project for the continentwhich South Africa is a majorchampion of. This is a PresidentialInfrastructure Championing initiativeof the African Union’s NEPAD whichwill open up borders and inter-trade.The massive investment ininfrastructure aims to leave more thanjust power stations, rail-lines, damsand roads. The hope is that apart fromthe physical factors, the country willbe industrialised and skills and jobswill be generated. President JacobZuma has convened an infrastructuresummit to discuss the implementationof the plan with potential investors andsocial partners.Extracts from the State of the NationAddress By His Excellency Jacob GZuma, President of the Republic ofSouth Africa on the occasion of theJoint Sitting of Parliament, Cape Town,9 Feb 2012.CourtesyGautrainCourtesyGautrainCourtesyGautrain
  • 56. Best of South Africa56Mineral resources, humanresourcesSouth Africa is the world’s biggestproducer of platinum, and one of theleading producers of gold, diamonds,base metals and coal.South Africa holds the world’slargest natural reserves of gold,platinum-group metals, chromeore and manganese ore, and thesecond-largest reserves of zirconium,vanadium and titanium.At the same time, there isconsiderable potential for thediscovery of other world-classdeposits in areas yet to beexhaustively explored.The sector spans the full spectrumof the five major mineral categories -namely precious metals and minerals,energy minerals, non-ferrous metalsand minerals, ferrous minerals, andindustrial minerals.Apart from its prolific mineralreserves, South Africa’s strengthsinclude an extremely high level oftechnical and production expertise,and comprehensive research anddevelopment activities.The country has world-scaleprimary processing facilities coveringcarbon steel, stainless steel andaluminium, in addition to gold andplatinum. It is also a world leader ofnew technologies, such as a ground-breaking process that converts low-grade superfine iron ore into high-quality iron units.Contribution to the economyWith the growth of South Africa’ssecondary and tertiary industries, therelative contribution of mining to SouthAfrica’s gross domestic product (GDP)has declined over the past 10-20years.Nonetheless, the industry iscontinually adapting to changinglocal and international worldconditions, and remains aMining and MineralsSouth Africa is a world leader in mining. The country is famous for its abundance ofmineral resources, accounting for a significant proportion of world production andreserves - and South African mining companies are key players in the global industry.
  • 57. Best of South Africa 57cornerstone of the economy,making a significant contribution toeconomic activity, job creation andforeign exchange earnings.The sector accounts forroughly one-third of the marketcapitalisation of the JSE, andcontinues to act as a magnet forforeign investment in the country.Minerals beneficiationFor over 130 years, SouthAfrica’s mining industry hasprovided the critical mass forthe development of a numberof other world-class industries -energy, financial services, waterservices, engineering services,specialist seismic, geological andmetallurgical services - that eithersupply the mining sector or use itsproducts.Not only does the mining sectoruse considerable services andinputs from the domestic economy,it also supplies many associatedindustries that use mining productsto keep the wheels of the SouthAfrican economy moving.For example, 98% of the country’scement and more than 90% of thecountry’s steel is fabricated locallyfrom locally produced minerals.Lucrative opportunities exist forfurther downstream processing andadding value locally to iron, carbonsteel, stainless steel, aluminium,platinum group metals and gold, anda wide range of materials are availablefor jewellery - including gold, platinum,diamonds, tiger’s eye and a variety ofother semi-precious stones.The government has targeted thedownstream or beneficiated mineralsindustry as a growth sector, and wherethe commercial opportunities exist,downstream beneficiation is alreadytaking place.In 2009, the Chamber of Minesestimated that around R200-billion invalue was added to the local economythrough the intermediate and finalproduct industries that use mineralsproduced by South Africa’s mines.www.southafrica.info
  • 58. Best of South Africa58Energy2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.The African continent is richly bountifulwith vast resources of both naturaland mineral varieties, which remainlargely untapped. Africa seems to berealising that her resources shouldbe used to benefit her people. Asa result, a move to sustainable andcareful management of energy is beingundertaken across Africa.BackgroundSouth Africa is a key player in theAfrican oil industry, with liquid fuels animportant component of their energysector. The first oil company wasestablished in Cape Town in 1884.Today, South Africa processes around20-million tonnes of crude oil per year,consuming 23-million tonnes of liquidfuel products annually. There are alsoa small number of oil and gas fields offSouth Africa’s coast and the countryenjoys abundant supplies of coal. Themajor liquid fuel markets are held inGauteng.Energy sourcesSouth Africa’s main sources of energyare Petroleum, Natural Gas, Electricity,Coal, Renewable and AlternativeFuels (biofuel, hydro, solar, wind),and Nuclear. The country has variousplans to implement energy efficiencyin the coming years so as to stick tothe International Year of SustainableEnergy for All initiative.Energy Efficiency Regulations(Programmes and Projects)• Solar Park;• Energy Efficiency and Environment;• Integrated Resource Plan;• Working for Energy;• Integrated Energy Plan;• Solar Water Heating;• Designated National Authority;• Energy and EnvironmentPartnership;• Renewable Energy MarketTransformation;• Wind Energy Awareness Campaign;
  • 59. Best of South Africa 59• South African Wind EnergyProgramme.Renewable energyThis year was declared theInternational Year of SustainableEnergy for All by the United NationsGeneral Assembly. The aim is to usethe opportunity to raise awarenessabout sustainable access to efficientand renewable energy, in the faceof identified effects on productivity,health, education, climate change,food, water, and communication.Through lack of access to renewableand sustainable energy, developmentis hindered. This UN initiative hasset a target of focusing on achievingthree goals by 2030 by engaginggovernments, private sector, and civilsociety:• ensure global access to modernenergy services;• reduce global energy intensity by40 per cent; www.energy.gov.za• increase renewable energy useglobally to 30 per cent.COP17All eyes are on South Africanrenewable energy since hostingthe COP17/CMP7 Climate ChangeConference in Durban at the end of2011, the second largest meetingof its kind. A breakthrough on theinternational community’s response toclimate change was one of the results.At the forefront of negotiations werethe Kyoto Protocol, the Bali ActionPlan, and the Cancun Agreements.On closing, Parties agreed to adopta universal climate change legalagreement no later than 2015. Aplan called “The Durban Platform forEnhanced Action” was drafted andaccepted at COP17.Prospects and opportunitiesThere are numerous oil and gasopportunities and prospects in Africa,most notably in renewable energyand natural gas commodities. Afterthe quick succession of crude oildiscoveries across the continent,Africa became the ‘go to’ regionfor internationals looking for oilpartnerships in 2011. The majoruntapped area of energy resourcesin Africa is the renewable energysector which provides a window ofopportunity for investment and furtherresearch. The hydro-energy potentialof the continent has 80% yet to beutilised.South African targets• 10,000 GWh of renewablesproduced by 2013.• 3,100 MW of renewable capacityby 2013, including 500 MW of windand 50 MW.• of concentrating solar power.• 4% of electricity generation fromrenewables by 2013.• 13% of electricity generation fromrenewables by 2020.With the launch of the South AfricanRenewable Energy Initiative launchedin 2011 as well as with being amember of IRENA, South Africa couldachieve their energy goals.
  • 60. Best of South Africa60Cape Town named World Design Capital 2014After a long and dedicated bidding process, Cape Town was announced as The WorldDesign Capital 2014 on 26 October 2011 at the International Design Alliance Congressin Taipei, China. This prestigious status is awarded biennially by the InternationalCouncil of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) to cities that are dedicated to usingdesign for social, cultural and economic development.Cape Town came out ahead of fellowshort-listed cities, Dublin in Irelandand Bilbao in Spain. The sought-afteraccolade was awarded to Cape Town,affectionately known as the ‘MotherCity’. The award was accepted byExecutive Mayor of Cape Town,Patricia de Lille, on behalf of CapeTown, South Africa and the Africancontinent. Cape Town is the first cityon the African continent to receive thisaward, however there is no reason thatit shouldn’t pave the way for manymore African title holders in the future.In her acceptance speech De Lillesaid: “A city belongs to its peopleand it must be designed for andwith them and their communities.Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille
  • 61. Best of South Africa 61For many years, people have beenapplying innovative solutions to ourchallenges. They have been usingdesign to transform various aspectsof life. The World Design Capital bidprocess and title have helped to bringdifferent initiatives together and havemade us realise that design in all itsforms, when added together, createshuman and city development.”The bidding process wasstarted in 2010 by the Cape TownPartnership on behalf of the Cityof Cape Town. This required thesubmission of a bid book and thusa Bid Committee was given the taskto theme the bid and to source itscontent and case studies. The 465-page bid book was submitted toICSID in Canada on 31 March 2011.The theme which was framed was“Live Design. Transform Life”.The title year comprises of aprogramme of events focused ondesign which will run the length ofthe year in the host country. In turn,designers and creatives from allover the world will be visiting CapeTown throughout the year to attendvarious events. Cape Town willhave to provide for those in searchof social, economic and culturalsolutions. This is vital in creatinglong-term connections with the globalcommunity.It is significant that the year 2014marks 20 years of democracy inSouth Africa. De Lille added that in2014 they will hold “a series of eventsthat celebrate design as a driver ofsocial and economic change in theurban environment. The benefits toCape Town and South Africa are thatdesign will become embedded intothinking about social and economicplanning and will boost Cape Town’sinternational reputation of a cityknown for more than just its natural www.capetown2014.co.zabeauty. This is a worthwhile accoladefor Cape Town as past World DesignCapital winners have seen an increasein visitor numbers as a result of thetitle. One such example is WorldDesign Capital in 2008, Torino inItaly. They had a higher number ofvisitors in their title year than whenthey hosted the Winter Olympics in2006 – interestingly their title year alsohappened to coincide with the globaleconomic downturn.The global attention of the globalcreative community will generate greatfree marketing for Cape Town as wellas boost the economy and channelmore focus on creative solutions toproblems across social, cultural andeconomic zones. This award is a greathonour for Cape Town, which is alsomost deserving winner.
  • 62. Best of South Africa62Chapter 1Gateway to Africa
  • 63. Best of South Africa 63City ofEkurhuleni
  • 64. Best of South Africa64An Aerotropolis is a type of urbanform comprising aviation-intensivebusinesses and related enterprisesextending outward from majorairports. It has an Airport City at itscore and is surrounded by clustersof aviation-related enterprises. Itis similar in form and function to atraditional metropolis, which hostscommuter-linked suburbs.The Aerotropolis concept wasdefined by American academic Dr.John D. Kasarda in 2000 after henoted that airports have evolvedas drivers of business location andurban development in the 21stcentury.Ekurhuleni has a rich history,having played host to the negotiationsfor a new democratic South Africa.From December 1991 to November1992, South African political leadersmet at the World Trade Centre inKempton Park for the negotiation ofa new South African nation, knownas the Conference for a DemocraticSouth Africa (CODESA).It is a fitting tribute that the placein which South Africa’s future wasdecided would be incorporatedinto one of only six metropolitanmunicipalities at the time, servinghigh density population areas inSouth Africa. Today there are eightmetropolitan municipalities across thecountry.On 5 December 2000, sevenyears after the historic CODESAnegotiations, the local governmentauthorities of the nine cities andtowns east of Gauteng entered theirown new era with the formationof the Ekurhuleni MetropolitanMunicipality.City of Ekurhuleni, Place of Peace,enters into own new eraSituated in the heart of the Gauteng province, South Africa, the City of Ekurhuleniis poised to become the first Aerotropolis in Africa.
  • 65. Best of South Africa 65and ports in the southern Africanregion. Many of the country’s modernfreeways and expressways crisscrossone or other part of Ekurhuleni,connecting it to virtually all provinces,and many of the country’s major cities.The Maputo Corridor development,South Africa’s most advanced spatialdevelopment initiative, connectsEkurhuleni with Maputo, the capital ofMozambique. It is also linked directlyvia rail, road and air to Durban, SouthAfrica’s biggest and busiest port.Why Ekurhuleni?• Ekurhuleni is home to OR TamboInternational Airport which is usedby most of the world’s leadingThe municipalityThe region of Ekurhuleni, formerlyknown as the East Rand, was hometo a number of good sized towns thathad developed around the mines, andwhose charters dated back nearly acentury. Nine local administrationsamalgamated to form Ekurhuleni -Alberton, Benoni, Boksburg, Brakpan,Edenvale, Germiston, Kempton Park/Tembisa, Nigel, and Springs - alongwith two other councils, the KhayalamiMetropolitan Council and the EasternGauteng Services Council.EconomyThe economy of the Ekurhuleni regionis larger and more diverse than that ofmany countries in Africa. It accountsfor nearly a quarter of the Gautengprovince’s economy which, in turn,contributes over one third of thenational Gross Domestic Product.Ekurhuleni contributes about 7%to the country’s spending power andanother 6.2% to its production. In themajority of indicators of economicactivity, namely per capita income,unemployment, poverty, averagewages, as well as other indicators ofhuman development, it is similar to therest of Gauteng.It has the largest concentration inAfrica of industry for the productionof goods and commodities; which iswhy Ekurhuleni is often referred to as‘Africa’s workshop’. Manufacturingin Ekurhuleni accounts for 32% of itstotal production output, and 26% ofthe GDP of Gauteng.InfrastructureThe network of roads, airports, raillines, telephones, electricity grids andtelecommunications, rivals that ofmany cities in developed Europe andAmerica. This infrastructure supportsa well established industrial andcommercial complex.South Africa’s largest railway hub islocated in Germiston and this links thecity to all the major population centresAn aerotropolis is a city in which the layout, infrastructure, and economy are centered around a major airport. Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has worked hard towardrealising this dream for businesses, airport companies and citizens alike. In an aerotropolis you can expect greater opportunity as proximity to O.R. Tambo grants you aground-to-air shipping network, accessibility and seamless integration. It’s a subject that deserves attention which is why we’re inviting you to an informative talk with Prof.Kasarda, a well known expert of aerotropolis methodology.Date: 12 – 18 July 2011.Venue: Emperor’s PalaceWhen we work as one, we become legends.What onearth is anaerotropolis?Ekurhuleni, building an aerotropolis togetherIndusTRIEsOffIcE PARKsHOTElscARgOEKuRHulEnI POPulATIOnHomE of AfricA’s busiEst AirtrAnsport HubPROvIdEs InTERnATIOnAl& dOMEsTIc AIRlInEs wITHwORld-clAss, sEcuREdInfRAsTRucTuRErApiD rAil nEtworkmEtro rAil nEtworkfrEigHt rAil nEtworknEtwork of bus routE in& bEtwEEn townsgillolly’s intErcHAngEn3 – nORTHwARds TOPRETORIA, sOuTHwARdsTO AlbERTOn & duRbAn,r24 – wEsTwARds TOJOHAnnEsbuRg cITycEnTRE, EAsTwARds TOOR TAMbO InTERnATIOnAlAIRPORT, cITy OfEKuRHulEnI & wITbAnKsOuTH AfRIcA’sAMAlgAMATIOn Of 9 TOwnsover 2,000,000or tambointernationalairportrail hub busesroad hubindustrial hubCity ofekurhuleniCity ofEkurhuleni
  • 66. Best of South Africa66• Roads are well maintained andmore than capable of handlingthe city’s increasing commercialtraffic. The N3 from Johannesburgto Durban, the N12 fromJohannesburg to Witbank andthe R21 highway, which joins ORTambo International Airport to therest of the province, all meet atGillooly’s Interchange at the heartof Ekurhuleni.• More than a quarter of Africa’srailway tracks are situated in SouthAfrica and at the heart of this hubis Ekurhuleni.The R21 CorridorThe R21 Corridor is primarily aneconomic development corridor, whichis envisaged to open up and maximisedevelopment opportunities alongthe R21 freeway. It forms part of theeconomic core triangle that links threemain activity nodes within Gauteng,airlines and services most of theAfrican continent.• The Albertina Sisulu Corridor is aprime investment and developmentlocation. Lying on the R21 freewaywhich runs through Ekurhuleni, thecorridor links Johannesburg, ORTambo International Airport, andPretoria (Tshwane).• Investment opportunities lie in awide range of sectors includingtelecommunications, businessoutsourcing, import, export,manufacturing, processing,transport services, office andretail space, agriculture, andeco-tourism and conservationindustries.• The municipality has devised anurban development structure thatcreates investment opportunitiesfor business while also contributingto social development andupliftment.• Roads, railways and airportsservice Ekurhuleni well as it hasa well developed network ofinfrastructure as well as strongtelecommunications infrastructureand powerful electricity grids.• A modern road networksystem reaches every part ofthe municipality and connectsall the major towns, offeringconveniences and a seamlesstravel experience.
  • 67. Best of South Africa 67namely Pretoria, Johannesburg,and Kempton Park CBD/OR TamboInternational Airport.The legs between Johannesburgand Pretoria and betweenJohannesburg and the Kempton ParkCBD/OR Tambo International Airportare fairly well developed. The R21Corridor forms part of the third leg ofthis triangle, which links Pretoria andthe Kempton Park CBD/OR TamboInternational Airport. This is fairlyundeveloped compared to the otherlegs.The R21 Local SpatialDevelopment Framework aims toguide and encourage appropriatedevelopment to this leg of the trianglewhilst also creating a balance betweenthe economic, social, environmental,and engineering imperatives.Development Vision of a sustainableeconomic corridor that:• Optimises the economicdevelopment potential of the area;• Improves the social conditions ofthe area;• Creates employment opportunities;• Protects and enhances the naturalenvironment.Development Objectives:• To promote sustainabledevelopment;• To optimise local developmentopportunities and strengths;• To encourage the integration ofuses;• To promote aesthetically pleasing,balanced development;• To improve the socio-economicconditions of the inhabitants;• To integrate the corridor withsurrounding areas;• To promote compact developmentand contain urban sprawl;• To promote an integrated openspace system.RhodesfieldRhodesfield has considerabledevelopment potential because ofits location and transport connectionadvantages. The Rhodesfield UrbanDesign Framework outlines the long-term vision for the area’s development.Its aims are to unlock this potential ina way that is mutually beneficial to alland steer development in a directionthat meets a range of physical, socialand economic goals.It has excellent primary roadaccess from the R24 and R21highways which intersect at itssouthern boundary and good railaccess with a north-south linebisecting the site. In addition, theGautrain railway line from Sandtonto OR Tambo runs east-westacross the site. Pretoria Road andAlbatross Street function as majorarterials serving the site by linkingthe OR Tambo and Voortrekker Roadintersections off the freeway.Rhodesfield is currentlyexperiencing significant developmentinterest for diversification anddensification. Already a number ofoffices and hotels have opened in thearea. Offices mostly for flight relatedindustries such as freight forwarding,courier services etc. have opened upin the area.Rhodesfield is envisaged asa mixed-use area complete withits own town centre, commercialoffice development, social facilitiessuch as schools, sports centresand clinics, retail and recreationalfacilities including restaurants andtheatres, and a new residentialpopulation accommodated in bothaffordable housing and middle/upperincome lofts and apartments. Openspace, new roads, public transportand pedestrian routes would stitchthe area together and link it to itssurroundings.The self-sustained and managedsite will become a generator of wealthand job opportunities, as well as areservoir of residential accommodationand social facilities. The proposedUrban Design Framework thereforeaims to set a vision for the area thatsets it apart from its competitors,infusing the area with new energythat is mutually beneficial not onlyto the immediate site, but also to itsneighbours including OR Tambo, theindustrial areas, and the KemptonPark CBD.A vision is therefore proposedto develop Rhodesfield into a keycomponent of Gauteng. Rhodesfieldwould offer the opportunity for a truelive-work-play lifestyle in a new multi-faceted and complex regional node. Itcan become the link in creating a trulyintegrated city regional environment,in that all parts of the province wouldbe equally accessible via a variety oftransport modes.Ekurhuleni MetropolitanMunicipalityTel: +27 11 999 7916Fax: +27 11 999 8183www.ekurhuleni.,gov.za
  • 68. Best of South Africa68Fuelled by local talent and a spiritof entrepreneurship, iLembe isstrategically placed between Africa’stwo busiest harbours, Durban andRichards Bay Harbour. iLembe is alsolocated along the highest prioritydevelopment corridor of the provinceof KwaZulu-Natal, dissected by the N2national highway running from Durbanup through Richards Bay to Swazilandand Mozambique.The district is also located within20 kilometres of the new King ShakaAirport and Dube Trade Port whichnow connects the province directly, tolocal and global markets.Ongoing collaboration between localbusiness, government and industryhas seen fostered growth in theregion’s key economic sectors -Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourismand Services, all of which play a vitalrole in the district’s economy.iLembe District established anEnterprise iLembeiLembe District situated on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast has growth, development,business and infrastructure and is one of the fastest growing districts in South Africa.
  • 69. Best of South Africa 69Economic Development Agencyknown as Enterprise iLembe whosemandate it is to drive economicdevelopment and to promoteinvestment opportunities in the region.The philosophy that drives EnterpriseiLembe is built on global bestpractice principles in Local EconomicDevelopment. “Local EconomicDevelopment is a participatoryprocess where local people from allsectors work together to stimulatelocal commercial activity, resulting ina resilient and sustainable economy.It is a tool to help create sustainablejobs and improve the quality of lifefor everyone, including the poor andmarginalised.” “We think global andact LOCAL”.Investment opportunities areidentified through private sectorengagement, public sector and gapanalysis. Imperative to EnterpriseiLembe pursuing or supporting a
  • 70. Best of South Africa70project is driven by the AgencyStrategy and whether the project ideameets the Agency’s Value Statement“Economic Development that willchange the lives of our people”.Projects must be Specific,Measureable, Achievable, Realisticand within a Timeframe (SMART), andhave socio-economic benefits linkedto it. Enterprise iLembe has a ProjectManagement Unit that assists in thisprocess, with experienced ProjectManagers in the key sectors identified.The iLembe region is also knownas the North Coast – Jewel of the ZuluKingdom with a glorious stretch ofcoastline fringed with golden beachesand caressed by the warm waters ofthe Indian Ocean. Patches of coastalforest give way to rolling green hills ofsugarcane, which, in turn, spill into therich hinterland of the province. With itsunique mix of luxury resorts and widevariety of affordable accommodationthe North Coast has long beenrecognised as a prime domestic andinternational holiday destination.
  • 71. Best of South Africa 71Enterprise iLembePO Box 593 Ballito 4420Cnr Link Road & Ballito DriveBallito, KZN, SATel: +27 32 946 1256Fax: +27 32 946 3515info@enterpriseilembe.co.zawww.enterpriseilembe.co.zaIt boasts a rich cultural heritagewith strong Eastern, European andFrench Mauritian influences. Thetraditional home of the Zulu people, itwas settled by colonials and later byIndian people who originally arrivedas indentured labourers to work in thesugarcane fields. As a result there isa unique cultural mix, which providesfascinating insights into the history ofthis region.As one of the best positioneddistricts in the country and a stronganticipation of ongoing growthand development, iLembe is theinvestment destination of choice.
  • 72. Best of South Africa72Ports of South AfricaThe ports of South Africa play an important role in the economyof the country and its neighbouring landlocked members of theSouthern African Development Community (SADC).Approximately 95 percent of alltrade to the region passes throughthe ports of Southern Africa andthose of East Africa, providing avital link in the logistic chain thatbinds Southern Africa inextricablytogether.  Privatisation measures havebeen banished from South Africa’sports and replaced with largescale government investment. Thishas resulted in more efficient cargohandling procedures and improvedinfrastructure with much improvedservice levels. At the same time the portstructure remains under theownership of state-ownedcorporations, providing a sense ofstability and assurance.
  • 73. Best of South Africa 73Durban PortThe natural harbour then known as theBay of Natal (Durban Bay) became aEuropean trading post in 1824. Sincethen it has become Africa’s busiestgeneral cargo port with the largest andhas the busiest container terminals inthe Southern hemisphere.Proposals have been made to extendthe harbour deeper into the Bayheadheadwaters where several largecontainer terminals will be built butthis remains under consideration, asdoes another proposal to create a newport south of the existing harbour onthe site of the old Durban InternationalAirport at Isipingo.A total of 302km of rail tracksextends throughout the port areaalong with several major marshallingyards.The port of Durban handles thegreatest volume of sea-going traffic ofany port in southern Africa and its CarTerminal is the country’s largest importexport facility for the motor industry.Richards BayRichards Bay is South Africa’s premierbulk port and the most modern.Although built in 1976 for the export ofcoal, it has since expanded into otherbulk and break-bulk cargoes.A dedicated railway line connectsthe port with Mpumalanga Provinceand Gauteng and was designedspecifically to handle the majority ofSouth Africa’s coal exports. Otherrail links connect Richards Bay withDurban in the south and Swazilandand Mpumalanga to the north.There is an adequate road system toGauteng, Swaziland, Mozambique andMpumalanga, and an excellent roadsouth to Durban. Richards Bay consists of a DryBulk Terminal, a Multi PurposeTerminal and the privately operatedCoal Terminal. Transnet operates theport terminals at Richards Bay.Cape TownCape Town competes with Alexandriafor recognition as the most famousport in Africa and is certainly one ofthe most beautiful harbours in theworld with a magnificent backdropof Table Mountain framed by themountainous Peninsular.The port is situated on one ofthe world’s busiest trade routesand will always retain strategic andeconomic importance for that reasonalone. Cape Town is also a busycontainer port, second in South Africaonly to Durban, and handles thelargest amount of fresh fruit. Fishing has a significant placein the economic activity of the port,affecting the ship repair industryin particular, with large Asianfishing fleets using Cape Town asa transhipment logistics and repairbase for much of the year. Theemerging oil industry in West Africahas also become a significant factor
  • 74. Best of South Africa74for the port’s repair and maintenancefacilities.Cape Town, as the ‘Tavern of theSeas’ caters for general cargo on acommon user basis, and is handlingan increasing number of containersand in addition has become animportant repair facility, especially forthe west coast oil and diamond miningindustries.The port has good rail and roadconnections inland to other centres. Port ElizabethPort Elizabeth has been an importantport and harbour on the South Africaeast coast ever since the first Britishsettlers began arriving from 1820.Today it is a multi cargo port on thewestern perimeter of Algoa Bay.Agriculture and farming has alwaysplayed an important role in the port’sactivities, principally deciduous andcitrus fruit and the annual wool crop.The port has adequate rail androad links with other parts of thecountry. East London The Port of East London is SouthAfrica’s only remaining river port andis situated at the mouth of the BuffaloRiver in the East Cape Province. Theport boasts the largest export grainelevator in South Africa, which hasrecently been converted to handleimports in addition to exports. Anew car terminal on the West Bank,which includes a four-storey parkingfacility connected by dedicated roadto the adjacent Daimler (MercedesBenz) factory, has transformed theport.East London has a dry dockcapable of handling ships of up to200m and a maximum beam of 24.8m.Like other ports of South Africa,East London is a common user port,meaning that it usually operates on afirst-come-first-served basis. The portconsists of a Multi-Purpose Terminal(including the container terminal) onthe East Bank, and a Bulk Terminal(Grain Elevator) and Car Terminal bothon the West Bank. Mossel BayMossel Bay is the first recordedplace used regularly along the SouthAfrican coast by European seafarersjourneying to the East. It is situatedhalfway between Cape Town and PortElizabeth and is the smallest of thecommercial harbours along the SouthAfrican coast. One of the most famous landmarksat Mossel Bay is the Post Office Tree,where seafarers from centuries agoposted letters home using a cleft inan ancient tree as a post-box. Thissignifies that ships called at MosselBay regularly for watering and other
  • 75. Best of South Africa 75purposes. Today Mossel Bay is anactive harbour catering for the fishingindustry and with the developing oilindustry, which began with Mossgasin the late 1980s. The port sees littleother commercial activity and therehasn’t been any other significantgrowth in the ensuing years. Saldanha BayThe Port of Saldanha Bay, SouthAfrica’s largest natural anchorageand port with the deepest water is60 nautical miles northwest of CapeTown.The port has developed into amodern harbour only recently, whenit became necessary to facilitatethe export of iron ore from theNorthern Cape. This required theconstruction of a railway more than800km to the mines at Sishen in theNorthern Cape and the constructionof a deepwater jetty in Saldanha Bayto accommodate the Capesize orecarriers.The first deliveries of iron ore wereexported on the vessel Fern Seaduring September 1976 and sincethen close to 500 million tonnes ofiron ore have been handled at theSaldanha Bulk Terminal.CoegaAlso referred to as Ngqura, thisport lying 20km northeast of PortElizabeth in the Coega River mouth,is set to be the deepest containerterminal in Africa and is a key partof Coega, one of the country’sstrategic industrial development zones(IDZs). Beginning commercial shipoperations (containers) in October2009, it is South Africa’s 8th andlatest commercial port development.Transnet National Ports Authority ofSA is responsible for developing thedeepwater port, while Transnet PortTerminals (TPT) has been appointed tohandle all terminal operations.An Industrial DevelopmentZone, known as the Coega IDZ, hasbeen developed over the 12,000hectare site in the area including theriver and port, with a 4,500 hectarecore development immediatelyidentified. The IDZ will serve as aprimary location for new industrial www.ports.co.zadevelopment for export drivenindustries. There is a rail link betweenCoega and the Port Elizabeth -Gauteng main railway line. The N-2road highway passes through theCoega Industrial Development Zone. The impact of a new IDZ and portat Coega/Ngqura on the EasternCape of South Africa will undoubtedlyprove of great benefit to an otherwiselargely impoverished and undevelopedregion. The emphasis on the newport is on clean cargo with a strongfocus on containerised cargo. Thefuture of this port lies in becoming atranshipment hub for the sub-SaharanAfrica and Western Indian Oceanregions.
  • 76. Best of South Africa76Airports CompanySouth Africa (ACSA)O.R. Tambo International AirportO.R. Tambo International Airportis the African continent’s busiestand largest. The airport, whichis strategically positioned as thegateway to Africa, is named after oneof the new South Africa’s foundingfathers and anti-Apartheid struggleicon, Oliver Reginald Tambo.The revamp of Africa’s biggestand busiest international airportunder the management of AirportsCompany South Africa (ACSA) notonly saw the completion of theCentral Terminal Building (CTB) butalso included the International Pier,international departures terminalupgrade, and the second multi-storey parkade with parking for 5200 vehicles.There is now a total of 17 500 carparking bays on-and-off the airportprecinct. In addition, there are sevennew aircraft parking stands, bringingthe total to 105, the Gautrain RapidRail link and added storage jet fueltanks with a capacity of 60 millionlitres.Since 2006 the total investmentis approximately R5 billion on theseprojects. The flagship project wasthe CTB. At the official opening ofthe CTB, President Jacob Zumaannounced: “Our vision of a trulyinternational airport has beenrealised, with the completion ofthe R2.2 billion Central TerminalBuilding.During the FIFA World Cup, theairport truly served as the gatewayto South Africa for hundreds ofthousands of fans and millionsof future tourists from across theglobe. Between June 1 and July 17,ACSA handled more than 4.5 millionpassengers of which more than halfwere processed by O.R. TamboInternational Airport. The airportalso facilitated over 30 thousand airtraffic movements during this period,with great success.The revamp of O.R. TamboInternational Airport means that theairport can now efficiently handle28 million passengers a year. Itcurrently facilitates around 19million passengers per year. Thenew 20,000m2 international pier canaccommodate the world’s largestpassenger aircraft, the colossal,double decker Airbus A380, which isable to accommodate more than 500passengers.There are currently two airlineswhich operate the A380 namelyLufthansa and Air France.O.R. Tambo International Airportis now rapidly being recognisedas “The Shopping Destination”.Boasting a variety of over 120 shopsfrom local and international brandsacross clothing, homeware andbanking services. Banking servicesat O.R. Tambo International Airportopen until late daily, a service that isoffered beyond conventional tradinghours for travellers, business ownersand the public.
  • 77. Best of South Africa 77Cape Town International Airport(ACSA CTIA)Airports Company South Africa, CapeTown International Airport (ACSACTIA) has expanded. The awardwinning airport as well as the gatewayto one of the world’s most preferredtourist destinations, Cape Town andthe Western Cape has completedits infrastructural developments thatwill ultimately add convenience forthe airport user. At the centre of thisexpansion is the Central TerminalBuilding, CTIA’s new terminal whichoffers our visitors a spacious terminalhub showcasing the culture, beautyand warmth of Cape Town and theWestern Cape through the design,décor and layout in various sectionsof the terminal. The airport nowalso boasts a new road networksystem, allowing smoother vehicularmovement to and from the airportas well as a parking complementof over 7,000 parking bays. With 7November 2010 being one year since
  • 78. Best of South Africa78the opening, the airport saw 7,306,701passengers and 43 222 aircraftdepartures.As well as 2,972, 902 pieces ofluggage being processed by thenew automated baggage system.Although the airport often facilitateslarge numbers of people, the highlighthas undoubtedly been the SoccerWorld Cup, with approximately 23 000passengers being processed per day.During this period, the airport’s busiestday was 7 July; where just under27 000 passengers were processed!The central terminal building’s(CTB’s) consolidated Domestic andInternational check-in area was a firstfor CTIA. To add to the convenienceof this consolidated check in area, theupper roadway allows passengers tobe dropped off in front of the check-inarea, a significant reduction in walkingdistances.With the new consolidated carrental facility, the Transport Plaza,located opposite the Central TerminalBuilding (CTB), passenger movement
  • 79. Best of South Africa 79Tel: +27 11 723 1400For more information visitwww.airports.co.zais now streamlined to one areafor ease of passenger movement.Other projects contributing to thesmooth running of the airport are theadditional aircraft parking bays andairbridges for both international anddomestic flights.Cape Town International Airportwas voted Best Airport in Africaand Best Airport for Staff ServiceExcellence in the Skytrax Awards.CTIA received top honours forthe SA Roofing magazine Steelawards and was nominated as afinalist in the South African Council ofShopping centres, retail, design anddevelopment awards. An airport is notjust a building; there is a strong teamof people, who work hard everydayto create a positive airport experiencefor all.King Shaka International AirportThe new King Shaka InternationalAirport (KSIA) is situatedapproximately 35 kilometers northof Durban’s city centre, was officiallyopened for operations on 1st May2010. The ground breaking co-operative project developmentwas done between the NationalDepartment of Transport, theProvincial Department of EconomicDevelopment, the Government ofKwaZulu-Natal and Airports CompanySouth Africa (ACSA). It is also the1st greenfileds airport to be built inthe past 50 years in South Africa andpossibly the only one currently beingbuilt in the world.KSIA replaced the old DurbanInternational Airport, which hasbeen decommissioned, cost R6.8billion with a terminal floor area of103,000m², runway and taxiwayscovering 400, 000² and facilitiesto support the airport includingadministration offices and transitaccommodation for tourists, anintegrated agricultural export zone andan IT platform, the airport is makinga significantly positive impact on theeconomy of the region.The prospect of building a brandnew airport for Durban was mootedduring the 70s and in fact some initialinfrastructural work was completedbetween 1975 and 1982. Due tothe economic recession of the 80s,the entire project was halted and itwasn’t until the 90s that the notion ofrelocating the Durban InternationalAirport was revived.Extensive research, analysis andagonizing whether to relocate orupgrade the existing airport ensued,however in July 2006 it was finallyconcluded that the existing airport,even when fully developed, wouldnot provide enough capacity for theregion.It was decided that ACSA woulddevelop, manage and own the airportwhile the Dube Trade Port Companywill develop the cargo facility, tradeand agri zone.Bird Radar Monitoring SystemDuring the construction of KSIA therewere many debates regarding theco-existence of the airport and the 3million barn swallows that reside nearthe airport. These tiny birds make theirannual journey from Eastern Europe tothe Mt. Moreland roosting area fromOctober to April. This will be the 1sttime that the birds will be arriving witha live airport and it all focus is on thisworld renown activity to observe theco-existence model of the airport andthe birds.The unique multi million rand BirdRadar Monitoring system, which waspurchased by ACSA, is already inoperation to monitor the movementpatterns and behaviour of the birds.Should there be a situation that thebirds maybe a risk to flights, an earlywarning system has been developedthat will ensure that a colour codedwarning is relayed timorously to theair traffic control tower so that theaircraft is able to divert its course. Thismonitoring system is the 1st used at acommercial airport ever in the world.
  • 80. Best of South Africa80These are the people of Gautrain“Gautrain is life changing” was acomment given by one of the firstpassengers when opening the routebetween Johannesburg and Pretoriaon 2 August 2011.This is exactly what the GautengProvincial Government’s vision isthrough Gautrain; for the sustainablesocio-economic, political, cultural,sporting and environmentaldevelopment of the province – alifestyle change. An important part ofthat vision is the freedom of movementfor citizens through an integrated,world-class public transport system.Gautrain represents a critical step inthe realisation of that vision.It is about people on the moveSeen from Government’s commitment to its people, Gautrain is not only about a train.It is about people who are proud of what their nation can do! People who yearn forfreedom of movement! People who hunger for upward mobility! People who are part ofthe development in and around them! It is about people on the move!
  • 81. Best of South Africa 81The Gautrain Management Agencyis committed to good corporategovernance and prudent financialmanagement that is so essentialfor the achievement of Gautrain’sstrategic objectives. One of thestrategic objectives of Gautrain,inter alia, is the improvement ofaccessibility and mobility in theJohannesburg-Pretoria corridor.By providing a safe, convenient,predictable and affordable publictransport system in this corridor,Gautrain is changing the perception ofpublic transport in South Africa. Thiswill hopefully persuade car users toswap congested roads for the speedand comfort of Gautrain.Another strategic objective metby Gautrain is the contribution toaccelerated economic growth withan emphasis on job creation, localskills development and investment inblack economic empowerment. WithGautrain’s partnership with the privatesector, it has delivered on theseobjectives through the commitment ofthe Bombela Concession Company’sSocio-Economic Development (SED)obligations. Verified jobs created asper October 2011 are:• 37 140 jobs were created for per-sonnel based in South Africa• 33 300 jobs were created for localpeople, i.e. South African citizens• 28 540 jobs were created for his-torically disadvantaged individuals• 3 340 jobs were created for women• 220 jobs were created for peoplewith disabilitiesGautrain has also strengthenedexisting development nodes
  • 82. Best of South Africa82in Gauteng; promoted urbanrestructuring and re-developmentand facilitated the revitalisation of theJohannesburg and Tshwane centralbusiness districts.Whilst achieving strategic goals,Gautrain has not forgotten aboutthose people it is moving everyday.Fares, safety and security and comfortcomes first to mind.The determined fares are based onthe principle of affordability and arehighly competitive compared to othermodes of public transport. They aresufficiently price-attractive to createa substantial shift from private caruse to public transport in the form ofGautrain.For example, a person who buysa monthly ticket for the trips betweenHatfield Station in Tshwane and ParkStation in the CBD of Johannesburg– the longest possible trip on thesystem – pays R39 per trip. If s/hebuys a weekly ticket the trip costsR43. A single ticket costs R49 per trip.This compares favourably to the costof a single trip between Hatfield and
  • 83. Best of South Africa 83Johannesburg CBD for a 1600cc car,which is R61-00. This is for fuel andtyres only and excludes depreciation,maintenance and parking costs.A large majority of people buymonthly tickets and thus pay R39for the trip. As these are regularcommuters, a 20% discount appliesfor monthly (44 trips) tickets and a10% discount for weekly (10 trips)tickets. The Gautrain bus fare isR6 per trip for a person specificallymaking use of the Gautrain. For otherordinary users of the Gautrain buses,the fare is R20 per trip. Parking fees atstations is R10 per day if the Gautrainis used and R80 per day if the train isnot used.The fare for a trip to OR TamboInternational Airport is R105 fromSandton and Marlboro. The fare willbe R115 from the new Johannesburgstations (Park, Rosebank and Midrand)and is R125 from the Tshwane stations(Centurion, Pretoria and Hatfield).Gautrain is not competing withother modes of public transport, suchas taxis and buses, which all havean important role to play in the totaltransport system. Therefore, a lowerlimit, which is more expensive thanthe other existing modes of publictransport, was set for the Gautrainfares. The fares, as negotiated withBombela and formalised in theConcession Agreement, have beenfixed between the fares of othermodes of public transport and thecost of private vehicle use.Gautrain moves commuterseach day in all directions providingeconomic mobility and theconvenience of door-to-doorcommuting. The Gautrain systemalso comprises a fleet of modern low-entrance and low-emission buses with
  • 84. Best of South Africa84comfortable seating, providing feederand distribution services to and fromthe Gautrain stations. The municipalBus Rapid Transport (BRT) serviceswill also be integrated with Gautrainat many of the Gautrain stations.Commuters, therefore, will not have toexperience the same frustrations anddelays as motorists associated withescalating traffic congestion.“For People on the Move” -too true. Various tools to assistpassengers in moving around on theGautrain system include an onlinemap, different smart phone Apps anda commuter website.With mobile phone in hand anda Gautrain Gold Card in the other,Gauteng allows itself to be exploredby virtue of the Gautrain systemand its mobile Apps and mobi-site.These tools provide instant passengerrelevant information. The ability to
  • 85. Best of South Africa 85work out the cost of a single tripbetween Sandton and Hatfield isdone via the fare calculator. Needto use the bus and parking on oneend? Let the fare calculator do thework. When is the last train? Wellthe timetable feature provides thisever-necessary information. Whereis my closest bus stop? No problem,using the phones GPS features aninteractive map provides informationon the closest bus stops and trainstations.Since the commencement ofoperations of the airport link in June2010, approximately two and a halfmillion passengers have used theGautrain on this link. On the linkbetween Johannesburg and Pretoriaapproximately five and a half millionpassengers have used the servicesince August 2011. This stands asproof of the Gautrain actively meetinggovernment’s objective in terms ofthe National Land Transport TransitionAct of 2000, which requires the activepromotion of public transport.Gautrain is more than just a train.Based in the economic heartlandof South Africa, it is one of severalstrategically-integrated GautengProvincial Government projects. Itis aimed not only at meeting futuretransport demands and improving theimage of public transport, but also atmoving economic development andemployment creation upward.Gautrain Call Centre: 0800 428 87246www.gautrain.co.za
  • 86. Best of South Africa86Chapter 2Moloko Investment Group
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  • 88. Best of South Africa88Advocate Richard MolokoMoloko Investment GroupMoloko Investment Group is a 100% BEE owned company and a diversified investmentvehicle whose business strategy is to selectively invest in four main portfolios with mediumto long term growth potential so as to provide a viable investment vehicle.MIG is headed by founder andChairman, Advocate Richard ThaboMoloko, a Harvard trained lawyerturned businessman and a robustmanagement team. Richard ThaboMoloko was raised in Soweto inthe suburb of Thladi. Now 36, hematriculated in 1982 and thenattended the University of the North-West where he obtained his BProcdegree in 1988. He completed his LLBat the University of the Witwatersrandin 1999 and in 1992 was admittedto the Johannesburg Bar. He joinedthe Wits Law Clinic in 1994 afterpracticing privately. During this timehe also studied part time for hisHigh Diploma in Taxation at Witsand his Masters degree in law at theUniversity of Pretoria. He then wantto Harvard and obtained anotherMasters degree in Law in 1998.He’s been involved with youngentrepreneurs during the transitionperiod of the new governmentseeking new tenders. During thistime he was involved in variousprojects and tenders, but his passionfor entrepreneurship and enterprisedevelopment was awakened. He was
  • 89. Best of South Africa 89part of the team that formed the YouthInvestment Network which biddingfor a local radio station and later wonthe sought after eTV license of thecountry’s first independent televisionbroadcaster.He was also involved with therestructuring of the gamblingindustry’s policies. He was snappedup by Akani Leisure (Akani Egoli atGold Reef City) after having beennoted for his successful investmentin the industry. He was instrumentalin the conception of Gold Reef CityCasino.One of his focuses has beenempowering young people. Thehope for the job market is to increaseprosperity for the population –particularly in Soweto. His movementThe Place - No. 1 Sandton DriveTel: + 27 11 944 9600www.molokoinvestmentgroup.co.zahas been in celebration of Africa’ssuccesses. This led to the decisionto create Moloko Investment Group(MIG).OverviewMIG’s portfolios includehospitality, leisure and lifestyle,telecommunications and resources.These portfolios are carefullyconsidered given their high potentialhigh returns. Through its hospitalityand lifestyle portfolios, MIG employsmore than 200 employees. RecentlyMIG established an employees’ trustto reward its employees wherebyemployees become eligible toparticipate in profit share after fiveyears of employment.  The Moloko Foundation MIG takes cognisance of the factthat South Africa just like any otherdeveloping nations has numerouschallenges. Our societies continueto be strewn with vestiges of thepast which continuously continuedisempowering various sectionsof our populace. Whereas thegovernment has a duty to assistits citizens overcome the variouschallenges, it cannot achieve thison its own without the assistance ofvarious sections of the communityespecially the business sector. Itis against this backdrop and insupport of sustainable communitydevelopment, MIG has establishedThe Moloko Foundation whichfocuses on: • Sports • Education and• Empowering young professionalsfrom previously disadvantagedcommunities in various activities.
  • 90. Best of South Africa90Moloko Hotels & ResortsUnforgettable experiences. That’s what life’s best memories are made of, and whatdrives Moloko Hotels & Resorts, one of Africa’s fastest growing brands of superlativeluxury accommodation establishments, fine dining restaurants and spas.The company’s founder, hotellierand entrepreneur Advocate RichardThabo Moloko, was born and raised inSoweto during the height of apartheid.A struggle veteran, he was jailed forhis activism but has risen above thedisadvantages of his past to create arefreshing marque which is steadilyredefining the way the travelling worldviews premium luxury.Indeed, Moloko Hotels and Resortsmantra can be likened to the famousquote by Oscar Wilde: “Too much ofa good thing, is wonderful!” In otherwords, when it comes to providing anunprecedented level of comfort andservice, it is impossible to overdo it!But there is more to Moloko thanelite retreats and uber exclusivegetaways. Indeed, the company’s everexpanding stable of fabulous boutiquehotels, eateries and wellness centres
  • 91. Best of South Africa 91takes the traditional five-star conceptand takes it to a whole new level.It’s a level which starts very much atgrassroots level, from initial conceptsand architectural designs, all theway through to exceptional personalservice which makes red carpettreatment pale in comparison.Take, for example, the MolokoStrathavon, one of the most recentaccomplishments of Moloko Hotels& Resorts which firmly embodies thecompany’s commitment to perfectionat every level.The hotel was built on land besidesthe Sandspruit river in Sandton –Johannesburg’s bustling businessdistrict and home to some of its mostexclusive shopping malls. But in orderto build, the land itself had to first becleared and the river rehabilitated.This presented the perfect opportunityto build in complete harmonywith natural surroundings with a“green” design heavily influencedby the environment and completelyrespectful of it as a result.The finished product is a pocketof paradise restored to its indigenoussplendour, with a forest-like canopyacting as a natural umbrella forlandscaped gardens which surroundthe effortlessly luxurious hotel.Projects like this issue a clearstatement from Moloko Hotels& Resorts of its commitment tosustainable use of the environmentand ethics which support andcelebrate nature’s inspirationalinfluences.These ethics are apparent in allMoloko’s luxury lifestyle offeringof Hotels & Resorts projects,from Cape Town with its stunningMoloko Constantia Manor toJohannesburg’s exclusive bespokeboutique fashion stores (312Couture and Molokofashion) and thecosmopolitan AtholPlace, gracefullystylish Signature, Wall Street and theAmbassador Restaurants and theaward-winning therapies of MolokoSpa at the Strathavon hotel.The Moloko Hotels & Resortsbrand has become a benchmarkof good taste, exceptional luxuryand outstanding personal service,paying tribute in turn to the incrediblecontinent of Africa, which continues toinspire and motivate it.Reservations: +27 861 66 56 56www.molokohotels.co.za
  • 92. Best of South Africa92Moloko Strathavon HotelSerene Tranquil & Exclusive BoutiqueWhen the Moloko Strathavon openedits doors on June 1 2010, it ushered ina new era of top-class luxury boutiquehotels, spearheading a growing trendfor exclusive elegance, cutting-edgedesign and outstanding contemporarydecor.More than just somewhere to sleep,the Strathavon is a style statement – aglimpse of the future of the boutiquehospitality industry which embodiesall that is great in the modern luxuryhotel market and then takes it one stepbeyond.The hotel is part of the growingMoloko Hotels and Resorts portfolioof premium luxury exclusiveestablishments aimed primarily at thesteadily expanding corporate sector.It’s a fast-evolving niche, and theStrathavon is certainly ahead of thecurve when it comes to deliveringa unique and immensely appealingconcept - eco-business tourism.The Moloko Strathavon takes itscue from Mother Nature, and has beendesigned to blend seamlessly into thenatural, indigenous gardens whichsurround its location on the banks ofthe Sandspruit river, a mere stone’sthrow from Sandton, Johannesburg’slively and trend-setting business andshopping hub.This is far from the madding crowd,without being far from the maddingcrowd.Wooden walkways connect secretgardens and hidden water featuresoverlooked by secluded decks.Glass panels slide and fold awayto allow interior lounge areas tobecome outdoor havens of peace andtranquility punctuated the Sandspruitas it flows past.
  • 93. Best of South Africa 93Nature dictates the pace, and asa result there is a quiet air of gracefulcalm throughout the Strathavon. Stressis left at the bridge, and unwinding is agiven without even realising it. Indeed,it’s hard to believe that this zen-infusedhotel is mere minutes away fromJohannesburg’s most upmarket andupbeat stretch of urban jungle!The green outside is brought insidein a number of eco-friendly featuressuch as energy efficient lighting, solarheating and a design which makesmaximum use of natural light. It’s aretreat in the best sense of the word,somewhere that guests can retireto after a busy day of meetings andconferences.In terms of decor, the Strathavonrepresents the future of businesshotels with its naturally inspired paletteof organic colours and textures.Fabulously decorated, all of thehotel’s rooms and suites have privateterraces which make the most of thebreathtaking gardens. For guestswhose privacy is of the utmostimportance, the executive suites enjoyseparate entrances whilst presidentialsuites have their own elevators.The Moloko Strathavon’sphilosophy of harmony and wellnessis accentuated by the hotel’s spa,which won the 2010 ProfessionalBeauty Awards Best Unique Spa justweeks after opening its doors, thanksto its range of organically inspiredtreatments and talented team oftherapists!And the Strathavon’s fine cuisine isalso making a significant impressionon the Johannesburg fine dining circuitwith the Ambassador Restaurant, a60-seater restaurant that is popularand an intimate function venue.Accompanied by the Cigar lounge– Off The Record – fast becoming asought-after post-dinner night spot.The perfect venue for our guests thatenjoy the occassional endulgence.Reservations: +27 861 66 56 56www.molokohotels.co.za
  • 94. Best of South Africa94AtholPlace: Luxury Boutique with aFresh PerspectiveThe quiet, leafy Johannesburg suburb of Athol is home to an exclusive boutiqueproperty which is redefining the way the world regards business hotels –Moloko AtholPlace Boutique.Part of the steadily expandingMoloko Hotels and Resorts stable,which is renowned for its superlativeselection of premium luxuryhotels and fine dining restaurants,AtholPlace is the epitome ofunderstated elegance and offers afresh perspective on business andleisure travel.This cosmopolitan hotel takes itsinspiration from the calming coloursand rich textures of Africa and thefascinating history of the “dark”continent.A fusion of different influencespunctuate the graceful passagewaysand welcoming living spacesthroughout the hotel. It’s an ecclecticmix of contemporary, art deco andVictorian, with nods to colonial andtribal muses such as steamer trunkspositioned cheek by jowl with African
  • 95. Best of South Africa 95artefacts. Antique furniture andstunning objets d’art from seeminlyevery style era are blended withsumptuous fabrics and traditionaldesigns to create a uniquely classyand stylish identity.And in homage to Africa’srich natural environment, naturalwood finishes and touches of richmahogany, mocca and cocoa addaccents to the neutral backclothof cool grey and white. The endresult creates a soothing, tranquilatmosphere throughout the hotel,from its plush reception rooms to the10 individually designed guest suites.The suites themselves make nocompromise when it comes to luxury,offering crisp white percale Frettebed linen imported from Italy, duck-down duvets and soft, silky cushions.In addition, each suite has a range oftop-notch facilities, including plushbathrobes and slippers, a 42-inchLCD flat screen television with DSTVand complimentary wireless andADSL internet.The accent at AtholPlace is onpersonal service in a warm andextremely comfortable environment,which extends effortlessly from thehotel’s gracious interior outside tobeautifully landscaped gardens andrelaxation areas besides a largeswimming pool.It’s here where guests areencouraged to unwind at the end ofthe day with complementary drinksand canapes, shrugging off thestresses and strains of the businessday and surrendering to the hotel’srelaxed ambience.Dining experiences at the hotel arebeyond compare, with mouthwateringmenu items prepared fresh each dayin the private kitchen by AtholPlace’sin house chef. Sumptuous breakfasts,light lunches and dinners are served inthe classically inspired dining area withits adjoining lounge, meals can also beserved “all fresco” under the stars inthe hotel’s secluded gardens.Complete exclusivity means thatall of the facilities at AtholPlace areReservations: +27 861 66 56 56www.atholplace.co.zareserved for guests’ use only It’s hardto believe all of this is a few minutesfrom the bustling energy of SandtonCity and Nelson Mandela Square, aswell as the high-speed Gautrain metrorail service which connects directlyto Oliver Tambo International Airport.Complimentary transfer services areincluded within the Sandton area.
  • 96. Best of South Africa96Akani HospitalityExperience our African HospitalityPaying tribute to the enduring spiritof Africa is something which comesnaturally to Akani Hospitality, a whollyowned subsidiary of the pioneeringMoloko Investment Group.The essence of Africa isunforgettable. It seeps into the heartsand souls of all who visit her, and itforms the foundation of Akani’s deepand abiding commitment to building abrighter future for what some still callthe “Dark Continent”. Akani, whichmeans “let’s build together”, is atrue African ambassador, embracingthe virtues and values which setthe continent apart and which areembodied in all of Akani’s properties.It’s about taking the very bestof Africa and translating it into anunforgettable experience for visitors,leaving them with a lasting impressionof how truly special “she” is. Whetherin the heart of a bustling city likeJohannesburg or Cape Town, Akani’sproperties impart a sense of reverencefor Africa, creating a comfortingenvironment for guests where theytruly connect with the people and theplace.The company has been in existencesince 2003, and prides itself on aportfolio of properties which strive tocelebrate Africa in every way. Take,for example, the wonderful, 1 onQueens. Taking inspiration from theclassical and aesthetically pleasingTuscan architectural style, this villa isnonetheless quintessentially African.Located on the slopes of Signal Hilloverlooking Cape Town’s magnificentvista, all of the villa’s rooms havespectacular views of either the MotherCity or its towering icon – TableMountain.It’s this fabled mount which is hometo the “sister” property of 1 on Queens– Table Mountain Lodge. Originallya farmhouse and built in 1885, thisgracious homestead is now a muchsought-after guest house, restored toits former glory with an air of old worldcharm and elegance. The antiquecharacter of Table Mountain Lodgeis matched by its warm hospitality,
  • 97. Best of South Africa 97evident in the endless array of freshflower arrangements which grace itsevery room.The cosmopolitan vibe of upmarketSandton in Johannesburg is hometo the recently opened AkaniGreenside places which eptomisethe modern, hip and trendy facet ofAkani Hospitality. Demonstrating thatAfrica’s essence can be captured incutting-edge contemporary design,Akani Greenside places offers stylishpenthouses within easy distance ofall that Sandton has to offer visitors,be they business travellers orholidaymakers. Tailored to suit bothindividuals or families, each penthouseis beautifully appointed and wellequipped, and a stone’s throw awayfrom some of the best restaurants,coffee bars and night spotsJohannesburg has to offer includingthe impressive and effortlessly elegantCafe Sofia chain.Kgaswane Country Lodge,Conference and Spa overlooking themajestic Magalies mountains, payshomage to its unique surroundingheritage and symbiotic relationshipthrough its modern yet contemporaryAfrican chic interiors and locallysourced artifacts and artworks. Theresult is a wonderful blend of naturaland tribal influences which make anauthentic African statement in everycorner of the lodge, which is spreadout in five separate blocks surroundinga central entertainment area.Moloko Anderson Hotel a 5 starhotel with cutting edge architecturaldesign concept in the heart ifJohannesburg CBD.Le Cite Du Flueve is the latestaddition to the Akani Hospitalityportfolio and is situated near theCongo River in Kinshasha, DRC.Akani’s portfolio of properties isReservations: +27 861 66 56 56www.akanihospitality.co.zafurther enhanced by its managementstyle, based on years of combinedexperience gathered from all partsof Africa. Its management team iscompletely in tune with the hospitalityindustry and oversees an equallydedicated team of well-trainedand highly skilled staff, placingAkani Hospitality at the pinnacle ofexcellence in the hotel industry.
  • 98. Best of South Africa98Chapter 3Hotels, Lodges and Safaris
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  • 100. Best of South Africa100Emperors Palace Hotel, Casinoand Convention ResortConveniently situated alongside OR. Tambo InternationalAirport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Emperors Palacecombines timeless classical elegance and sheer excitement.With luxurious accommodation infour unique hotels, a glorious healthand beauty spa, a magnificentcasino with unparalleled gamingenjoyment, the finest in diningoptions, spectacular entertainmentchoices including state-of-the-artcinemas, world-class conferencefacilities, and impeccable service,Emperors Palace has it all. ThePeermont D’oreale Grande, amagnificent 5-star hotel of elegancefeatures 196 beautifully designed andimpeccably appointed guest roomsand suites, all fitted with state-of-the-art facilities and surround youwith the utmost sophistication andregal comfort. This hotel’s comfortis not only in its furnishings, but alsoin the impeccable levels of servicewhich anticipate individual needsand wishes. Emperors Palace has
  • 101. Best of South Africa 101a further three hotels, the deluxe4-star Peermont Mondior that setsan exciting new standard in world-class business, conference andleisure accommodation, the newlyrefurbished Peermont MetcourtSuites and the new 3-star chic andaffordable Peermont Metcourt.This gem caters specifically tothe demand for large groups andcreates a new standard of modern,contemporary convenience andfunctionality.With every flip of the card androll of the dice, the Emperors Palacecasino deals a winning combinationof luxury and invigoration. We havethe widest range of denominationson slots and a variety of populartables games such as Roulette,Blackjack, Poker and Midi PuntoBanco. Emperors Palace offers youthe convenience of smart cashlessgaming - no queues, no fuss, justsheer gaming enjoyment. Bets areplaced and adrenalin soars in theFortuna Poker Room, South Africa’sfinest poker experience. Be oneof the privileged to get in on thehigh-stakes excitement inside oursignature Palace Court Privé offeringtables and slots and the combinationof seclusion and amenitiesdiscerning gaming enthusiasts seek.The superbly appointed Theatreof Marcellus hosts world classdance extravaganzas, musicals andshows. The Odeon Showbar offers aglittering cabaret revue as the mainhighlight, while comedy, jazz andscreened major sporting events arealso regular features. Meet in thestylish Marc Antony’s Cigar Loungewhere you can savour some of theworld’s finest cigars, cognacs andpremium whiskies.Emperors Palace is also thehome of South African boxing,hosting many world title fights andquality tournaments featuring localand international boxers. EmperorsPeermont Central Resevrations:Tel: 0860 777 900 (SA only)+27 11 557 0777Fax: +27 11 557 0888reservations@peermont.comwww.peermont.comEmperors PalaceTel: +27 11 928 1000Fax: +27 11 928 1001info@emperorspalace.comwww.emperorspalace.com• World Quality Gold Crown Award2008: Peermont D’oreale Grande• PMR Diamond Award 2008:Best Executive Hotel – PeermontD’oreale Grande• PMR Diamond Award 2008:Best Casino – Emperors PalacePalace also caters for families witha fun-filled children’s entertainmentfacility and special entertainmentevents and shows are scheduled forschool holidays.Emperors Palace boasts thelargest cinemas on the Africancontinent. The Pantheon seatsover 500 people along with apermanent 3D cinema and more.When it comes to wining anddining, Emperors Palace offers aglobal experience with a variety ofinternational flavours.Octavia’s Sensorium is a havenwhere the physical, the mentaland the spiritual are equally caredfor. For conference and exhibitionplanners, there is only one placeto meet. Whether it’s an executiveboardroom meeting, a trade show ora banquet, our venues, facilities andattention to personal detail sets usapart.Recent Awards:• World Travel Awards 2009:Africa’s Leading Casino Resort
  • 102. Best of South Africa102Southern SunHyde Park SandtonSituated in cosmopolitan Hyde Park one ofJohannesburg’s most exclusive areas.The hotel combines convenience withclass, and offers discerning travellers,a global setting, incorporating a slicksophisticated environment juxtaposedwith African flair.This state-of-art hotel has anenergetic and fresh approach tohospitality, where staff engage withtheir guests to deliver an experiencerather than just a hotel stay.Chic characterises the bedrooms.In addition to the glorious vistas all132 rooms offer a private shower, airconditioning, Satellite TV channels,DVD player, highspeed Wirelessinternet access, mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities. Plus, eachroom offers a media hub comprisinga VGA cable, chargers for USB baseddevices, ipods, iPhones and MP3Players, and abilities to view digitalrecordings – a first for South Africa.The three luxury suites have a strikinglounge area, providing that extra touchfor travellers.The globally renowned BiceRistorante has quickly become one ofJohannesburg’s most popular eateriesand the Head Chef’s personal careand attention ensures that diners enjoysome of the finest Italian food usingBice’s famous, authentic recipes. Thisstylish restaurant with its gorgeousviews has a Sushi Bar and also offersEastern cuisine, for both lunch anddinner, prepared with precision bythe Head Japanese chef, with hisexpertise acquired from several top
  • 103. Best of South Africa 103oriental restaurants across the globe.Here, part of the guests experienceis all about lifestyle, and the hotel’slifestyle level extends Southern Sun’spromise of host to ensure that eachevent receives personalised service.Designers shops, banks andrestaurants are right on the doorstepand the hotel can arrange sightseeingtours too many of Johannesburg’shistoric attractions.Southern Sun Hyde Park Sandton1st Road, Hyde Park, Sandton 2146Tel: +27 11 341 8080Fax: +27 11 341 8081Email: sshydepark.reservations@tsogosun.comwww.tsogosun.comhyde park sandton
  • 104. Best of South Africa104Tala Durban’s finest Game ReserveTALA: A zulu word meaning ‘The land of plenty’.The splendour of the African bushprovides a beautiful backdrop tolasting memories.Whether it is a day trip with yourfamily, a romantic weekend away, abusiness conference or a wedding,TALA Game Reserve provides theperfect setting. Boasting a wonderfulreserve of nearly 3000 ha with over380 species of birds and a varietyof big game, TALA offers the perfectescape from city life. There isluxurious accommodation that willcater for your every need as well asexceptional cuisine and world classservice, ensuring that you have anexperience like no other... Enjoy allthe adventure of the African Wild inthe utmost comfort. Experience thesights, sounds and smells of the bushand take time to appreciate the finerdetails of life.Tala’s location and altitude not onlyensures it is malaria-free, but alsoallows an unusual mix of traditionalAfrican thornveld and open grassyplains. This provides unrivaledopportunities for game viewingand wildlife photography. Visitorsto Tala Game Reserve are virtuallyguaranteed to encounter Rhino,Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hippo anda wide variety of antelope roamingfree in their natural habitat. Viewgame from our open Land Roverswith knowledgeable, experiencedrangers. Alternatively you can explorethe reserve in your own vehicle. Tala isalso an ideal venue for birdwatchers,with more than 300 species recorded.In addition to game and birdviewing, residents may try their handat bass fishing or simply relax aroundthe sparkling rock pool.Tala has a number of superblodges from which to choose, allfeaturing en-suite bedrooms, elegantchic African style décor and softcomfortable furnishings. Leadwoodis our fully exclusive five star lodge,which serves as an ideal location forintimate getaways and even exclusiveweddings.Leadwood is an architecturalmasterpiece of African organicdesign that took three years to
  • 105. Best of South Africa 105complete. The elegant main house isaccompanied by six private cottages.It’s comfortable openness andstylish décor combines colour andfurnishings full of rich South Africanhistory with an uncompromisingapproach to luxury and detail.This picture perfect lodge offersservice of the highest standard thatis perceptive to every need. Enjoythe revitalising pool, breathtakingviews over a natural watering holesurrounded by a valley of Acacia’s,a world renowned wine cellar and aprivate library.The first class entertainment roomhas a full size snooker table, largescreen projector and handcraftedmahogany bar stocked with an arrayof beverages to accompany yourpanoramic views from the deck. Aplace of absolute luxury, visitors leaveLeadwood feeling overwhelmed by itspeaceful and tranquil aura.A dedicated executive chef bringsa wealth of boutique hotel experienceTala Bridal Fair 2012, held onthe 4th and 5th of August, is acontinuation of an annual exhibitionand fun day which showcasessome of the best talent in thewedding industry.Signature Weddings are launchingat the following locations:-1. Zebula Lodge Golf Estate andSpa, Bela Bela, Gauteng2. Riverstone Lodge, Muldersdrift,Gauteng3. Royal Elephant Hotel,Centurion, Gauteng4. Jozini Tiger Lodge, KwaZuluNatal (a floating platform in themiddle of the lake)5. Tala Private Game Reserve,KwaZulu Natal (just 55 minutesfrom Durban)6. Hilton Country Estate andSpa, KwaZulu Natal (outsidePietermaritzburg)7. Ocean Reef Hotel, ZinkwaziBeach, KwaZulu Natal8. Canelands Beach Club andSpa, Salt Rock, KwaZulu Natal(weddings on and overlookingthe beach)9. Forest Suites at Zimbali, Ballito,KwaZulu Natal (idyllic forestwedding)10. Quarters Hotel - Florida Rd,Durban, KwaZulu Natal (at theaward winning “Brasserie"restaurant and patio)11. Quarters Hotel - AvondaleRoad, Durban, KwaZuluNatal (at the fabulous "Jam"restaurant)12. Casa do Capitao, Inhambane,Mozambique13. Barra Beach Club, Inhambane,MozambiqueTel: +27 31 781 8000info@tala.co.zawww.tala.co.zawww.signaturelifehotels.comGPS Coordinates:29°51’02.60”S and30°31’’36.31”EWEDDINGS • CONFERENCES • DAY EXCURSIONS • PRIVATE FUNCTIONS • LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONto Leadwood and has a rare talent formerging the simple and the sublime.An appointment with the chef wouldbe set up to discuss Menu details.For those mixing business withpleasure, Tala offers a variety ofconference venues that can beconfigured to suit your specificrequirements. Enjoy great facilities andsettings at TALA Game Reserve. Fromoutdoor conferences held at our Eco-center to state-of-the-art conferencesin our newly built Figtree Auditorium,and everything in between!Tala has the facilities to makesure that your next conference is amemorable one.Host your dream wedding atTALA Game Reserve and let thesplendour of the African bush providea beautiful backdrop to a day oflasting memories... Whether yourspecial day involves an intimatelunch for family and close friendsor an opulent banquet for a moresocial affair, TALA has the setting toturn your dreams into reality. Choosebetween four beautiful weddingvenues and a choice of luxury lodgesto suit your needs. TALA provides anincredible and unique opportunity forphotography amongst the abundantgame with magnificent views over theTala Valley.Experience a slice of timeless,undisturbed Africa. Convenientlysituated only 45 minutes drive fromDurban and 20 minutes drive fromPietermaritzburg.
  • 106. Best of South Africa106Re-imagining the road trip withFront Runner Vehicle Outfitters“Glamping,” “Overlanding,” “Vehicle-based adventure,” “Expedition travel”are all terms that describe taking the ultimate road trip.Whether its a day trip to the beach ora month long drive through SouthernAfrica, it’s not unheard of to travelwith such amenities as an instant andcomfortable sleeping space, runningwater, powered refrigeration, rooftopstorage, spare fuel, a table, chairs,options for cooking – all elegantlyand effortlessly accessible off of onevehicle. With a Front Runner outfittedvehicle, the road trip as we know it iselevated to a new level of comfort andconvenience.Front Runner offers extremelystrong and lightweight organising andliving systems for any automobilebased adventure. Their products arebuilt to be used both on-road and off-road while providing the ultimate intravel and camping comfort.Exploring the world by vehicleis both environmentally friendly andaffordable. Traveling with a lighter
  • 107. Best of South Africa 107More information can be found atTel: +27 11 466 0155/6Email: info@frontrunner.co.zawww.FrontRunner.co.za orwww.FrontRunnerOutfitters.comfootprint while camping supportsparks, nature reserves and protectedwildlife areas and at the same timegives you inexpensive access to beachside accommodations one night, thenlake side, mountain side, river side,canyon side or wherever-you-wantaccommodations each night thereafter.And just because you have theability to live off of your vehicle andcamp comfortably and effortlessly,doesn’t mean you have to. Stay in alodge one night, then camp the next.If you stumble upon an affordable andcharming resort on the beach, why notstay there?And what if at the end of thatdirt trail to that rural mountain villagethere are no hotel rooms? Just popopen the tent and camp. A FrontRunner outfitted vehicle gives you theFREEDOM to travel HOW you want,WHEN you want, WHERE you want.Established as a premiereexpedition vehicle outfitter in Africaand Australia, Front Runner is a SouthAfrican-based company founded by ateam of engineers, designers, outdoorenthusiasts and professional off-roaddrivers.Their combined years of experiencein the bush – dreaming up, designing,building, and testing innovativeproducts – is the reason Front Runnerhas quickly grown to become oneof the top vehicle based campingaccessory companies in the toughestregions in the world.Renowned for their superiorquality, intelligent design, anddurability, Front Runner productsare built for the tough and gruellingAfrican bush. Their all-aluminumSlimline roof racks, water solutions,tents, awnings, storage systemsand camping accessories are usedby everyone from casual campers,travel and outdoor enthusiasts, to theU.N., safari operators, and expeditiondrivers. Front Runner roof racks andwater tanks were even featured in theEwan McGregor/Charlie Boormandocumentary, “The Long Way Down,”about their overland journey fromScotland to South Africa.The folks at Front Runner Outfittersbelieve we are very lucky to have somuch stunning open space on thisplanet and they encourage everyone to“use it!”
  • 108. www.w-apartments.comThe W Apartments (as they are better known as) is a genius concept offering all the luxuriesand answering the needs of global visitors with an executive lifestyle. The W Apartments havealready played host to a variety of high profile guests including CEOs of major corporations,fashion designers, and movie stars enjoying stays from one week to a few months.The interior, designed by Life and Collaro, is modern and sophisticated yet incorporates thesoothing tones and textures of an African landscape. Each apartment has a study with a flat-screen PC, fax machine, scanner, and complimentary 24-hour internet access. The living areahas been designed for entertainment, including a flat-screen plasma television with surroundsound. The bedrooms are ‘wildly romantic’ with soft cotton sheets and a king size bed. Thereis a high emphasis in creating a feeling of security and stringent measures have been takento ensure clients’ safety at all times.The Weom has gone beyond expectations to guarantee a perfect stay in an ideal location.“Breathtaking luxury, sensational service.You will see me again.” – Client Comment.
  • 109. Johannesburg has recently become a destination of internationalinterest and the City of Gold has welcomed a new style of urbanliving to keep up with the most discerning clientele.Even the best hotels can be confining. Weom, located in the heartof Sandton’s CBD, offers the services of a hotel plus so muchmore; in the freedom of a fully equipped ultra-stylish apartmentwith a minimum size of 120sq metres and a maximum size of350sq metres.The concept behind the Weom is to create easy living or a temporaryhome in absolute comfort bringing new meaning to a “Home awayfrom home”. One can request anything - from an in-house spatreatment, a chef to prepare a gourmet meal in the comfort of yourapartment, limousine service, babysitting, bodyguard service, anddoctors on call, to name but a few.Tel: +27 11 783-7490. Fax: +27 11 783-6390Email: reservations@wapartments.comwww.w-apartments.com
  • 110. Best of South Africa110Chapter 4Travel, Tours and AviationThe Maropeng Hotel pool deck has a breathtaking view of themagnificent Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg mountain ranges.
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  • 112. Best of South Africa112MaropengGuaranteed to leave a lasting impression on all its visitors.A mere 45 minutes drive fromJohannesburg or Pretoria, isMaropeng – the official visitor’scentre to the Cradle of Humankind.The Cradle area is one of onlyeight World Heritage sites inSouth Africa and the only one inGauteng, declared so because of itscontribution to our understanding ofhumanity. More than 1000 hominidfossils have been found in the 47 000hectares area – more than any otherplace on Earth.With its panoramic surroundings,world-class facilities, and unique tourpackages Maropeng offers an idealescape from the hustle and bustleof the city. It never fails to leave alasting impression on its visitors as ittakes them on a fascinating journeyback in time to the very beginning ofthe origin of our species.The word ‘Maropeng’ means‘returning to the place of our origins’in Setswana. With all humankindoriginally hailing from Africa, welike to think of a visit to Maropengas a journey of discovery to theplace where humanity’s collectiveumbilical cord lies buried. When wegreet visitors, we say, ‘Welcomehome!” says Tony Rubin, ManagingDirector of Maropeng. The facilitiesat Maropeng include a 24-bedroom,four-star Boutique hotel, conferencefacilities ideal for smaller nichecorporate groups, an extensiveunderground Visitor Centre depictingthe path of humankind from its originto modern Homo sapiens, and fourrestaurants.“The Tumulus building, suggestiveof an ancient underground burialmound, was purpose-built as a visitorcentre to showcase the Cradle ofHumankind and the unprecedentedquantity of hominid fossils discoveredat the fossil sites in this area,”The Tumulus building, suggestive of an ancient underground burial mound purpose-built as a visitor centre.
  • 113. Best of South Africa 113says Rubin. “The interactive andinformative exhibition inside thebuildings showcases the progressthat humankind has made from ourearly beginnings to where we aretoday. It contains an undergroundboat ride, fun interactive displays, andreal fossil displays. It also promotesa consciousness of preserving ournatural heritage for future generations.It is a fun and educational visit forthe entire family.” The visitor centre isopen daily from 9:00 to 17:00, and thelast boat ride departs at 16:00.The world-renowned SterkfonteinCaves are situated only 10 kilometersaway from Maropeng. It is withinthese caves that scientists havediscovered literally thousands ofhominid and animal fossils, datingback more than 4-million years. Themost important and revered of thesefinds include ‘Mrs Ples’, the skull of anAustralopithecus africanus estimatedto be about 2.1-million years old,and “Little Foot”, an almost completeskeleton of an Australopithecus that ismore than 3-million years old. “Thesefossils are immensely importantas they have allowed scientiststo understand how and in whatcircumstances modern humans haveevolved, ultimately changing the waywe view humanity and the history ofhuman development,” adds Rubin. The facilities at Sterkfontein includea restaurant, conferencing facilitiesand a new scientific exhibitionshowcasing a reconstruction of amined versus a pristine cave, caveformations and geology, early-lifeforms, mammals and hominid fossils,specific finds such as ‘Mrs Ples’, the‘Taung Child’ and ‘Little Foot’, as wellas information about the processesof cave formation, fossilisation, and©Maropeng©Maropeng©Maropeng
  • 114. Best of South Africa114ancient species which inhabited theCradle such as sabre-toothed catsand giant hunting hyenas. The cavesare open daily from 09:00 to 17:00 andthe last guided tour departs at 16:00.Bookings are co-ordinated throughMaropeng. All guides at Maropengand Sterkfontein have receivedaccreditation with the GautengTourism Authority to ensure thatvisitors appreciate and understandthe significance of the Cradle ofHumankind.Maropeng also offers a numberof smaller specialised tours hostedby a resident scientist or the curator.“The Swartkrans walking tour allowssmall groups a rare opportunity toobserve an active palaeontologicaldig, while the Coopers CavePicnic and Walking tour, providesbudding palaeontologists witha rare opportunity to explore a1.5-million-year-old fossil site. Forthose fascinated by the evolutionaryhistory of our species, the BoneDetectives tour is not to be missed.Maropeng’s resident astronomer,Vincent Nettmann, is also availableto take delegates or guests on anextraordinary astronomical journeyat the monthly scheduled stargazingevenings,” comments Rubin.For those seeking a conferencevenue with the wow factor, thestate-of-the-art conferencefacilities are ideal for smaller nichecorporate groups. Besides its threeTony Rubin - Managing Director of MaropengThe Processional Way takes visitors on ajourney from the beginning of the universeto modern day, as they approach theTumulus, at the Maropeng Visitor Centre,Cradle of Humankind.©Maropeng©MaropengMaropeng banquet style set up
  • 115. Best of South Africa 115For bookings or further information call +27 14 577 9000or visit www.maropeng.co.za and click on shop.contemporary conference rooms, italso has the capacity to house largergroups of up to 320 in the Tumulusbuilding in which the main exhibition issituated.At the four-star, boutique MaropengHotel, the attention to detail fromthe architecture to the smallestfinishes offers guest and delegatesa uniquely ‘African’ experience. “Wealso pride ourselves on our superbservice – which is perhaps what weare most complimented on. Our staffare attentive and helpful, making ourdelegates and guests feel welcomeand ‘at home’ at all times,” saysRubin.Hominid House at Maropeng offerscomfortable budget accommodationfor school, sporting and tour groups.The four dormitory-style rooms sleepup to 120 children or adults withseparate communal bathrooms.Maropeng was recently awarded agold certificate of membership by theHeritage Environmental ManagementCompany for its commitment tosustainable business practices. Thiscertifies that Maropeng is a memberof the Heritage Environmental RatingProgramme and that it currentlycomplies with the environmentalperformance standards associatedwith the programme’s goldclassification.As part of its greening initiatives,Maropeng has constructed an ozonewastewater purification system atthe Sterkfontein Caves. The systemuses ozone from the atmosphereto accelerate the breaking down of De30 Secember 2September2007Gr 2012Mauteng31 JanuaMaropg, Southary 2012pengh AfricaaGold Status Certificate awarded toMaropeng by the Heritage EnvironmentalManagement Company for its commitmentto sustainable business practices.©Maropengsolids by bacteria and also to sterilisewater. “It has been designed toreplace Sterkfontein’s septic tanksand provide a far more eco-friendlysolution to waste management in thearea,” adds Rubin.Another water managementinitiative is an artificial wetland system,called a SSF CWS – SubsurfaceFlow Constructed Wetland Systemat Maropeng’s Visitor Centre. Thewetland has been specially designedto naturally assist in the filtering andcleansing of the site’s grey and blackwater. It has been in existence atMaropeng since it first opened andwas constructed in order to conserveenergy by minimising the site’sreliance on sewage processing plants.“From the start, Maropeng hasbeen environmentally focused and weare continuously looking at innovativeways to reduce our wastage,” saysRubin. “Maropeng is continuouslyre-evaluating and celebrating themeasures put in place to reduce itsenvironmental footprint. The carefulmanagement of this unique site isa clear priority if the site is to bepreserved and sustainably utilised.”Other green projects close toMaropeng’s eco-friendly heart includebiodegradable packaging and eatingutensils, the rechargeable torchbatteries used by Maropeng’s tourguides, conference notepads andpencils made using recycled paper,low-energy lighting and a varietyof preservation efforts to protectindigenous fauna and flora in the area.“Nothing quite beats the sightof an African sunset over themagnificent Cradle of Humankind, andMaropeng with its breathtaking viewof the magnificent Magaliesberg andWitwatersberg mountain ranges is theperfect place to do this. Whether it is afamily excursion, a romantic getawayfor two, or an executive group at aconference, Maropeng has somethingfor everyone,” concludes Rubin.
  • 116. Best of South Africa116Table Mountain an official New7Wonder of NatureOn 11 November 2011, Table Mountain in Cape Town was announced as one of theprovisional New7Wonders of Nature. This glorious work-of-art sculptured by MotherNature shares its spot with the Amazon in South America, Halong Bay in Vietnam,Iguazu Falls in Argentina, Jeju Island in South Korea, Komodo in Indonesia and PuertoPrincesa Underground River in the Philippines.Table Mountain is part of the TableMountain National Park which is oneof a few conservation areas in theworld which is entirely surroundedby a city. The mountain is part ofthe 25,000 hectares of the UnescoWorld Heritage Site of the CapeFloral Region which is one of therichest areas of plants in the world.Table Mountain has an estimated2,200 species of plants confined toit – which is more than in the wholeof the United Kingdom. It is home tovarying kinds of fynbos and proteaswhich are endemic to the mountain.Fauna on the mountain includedassies, porcupines, mongooses, snakes, hares, tortoises as well asabundant birdlife. The last lion waskilled in 1802 and the once prominentleopards of the mountain sadlybecame extinct in the area in the1920s.The plateau of the mountain risesup one kilometre above Cape Townwith impressive sheer cliffs and runsthree kilometres across. On eitherside of the plateau is Devil’s Peakto the east and Lion’s Head to thewest. It can be accessed by visitorsby Cableway or by foot up numeroushiking trails. The panorama from thetop is breathtaking with views of CapeTown city, Table Bay, and RobbenIsland. It is a unique position to bein – witnessing both the cool AtlanticOcean as well as the warmer IndianOcean. Most views of this sort in theworld are not accessible to the generalpublic as they are not easily and safelyaccessed. There is also of course,a vast array of adventure sportsavailable for the brave.The first recorded person to climbto the top of Table Mountain wasPortuguese explorer António deSaldanha in 1503 who took the directroute of Platteklip Gorge (Flat StoneGorge) which splits the cliffs of themain plateau. He named the mountainTaboa do Cabo (Table of the Cape).Its highest point of 1,086 metres is
  • 117. Best of South Africa 117marked by the stone cairn of Maclear’sBeacon built in 1865. The constellationMensa, meaning ‘The Table’, wasnamed after Table Mountain by Frenchastronomer Nicolas de Lacaille inthe mid eighteenth century, makingit the only terrestrial feature to giveits name to a constellation. Buildingof the Cableway began in 1926 andwas officially opened in 1929. Itwent through an extensive upgradein 1997 with new cable-cars fitting 65passengers and a rotating base forpanoramic views.Table Mountain forms part of asandstone mountain range whichcreates the spine of the CapePeninsula, including the TwelveApostles and ending in the south atCape Point. During a south-easterlywind the mountain can be seen to bedraped with a white ‘table cloth’ oforographic clouds as the wind pushesup the slope into colder air. There aremany legends and myths regardingthe imposing mountain, such asthe smoking contest between thedevil and a pirate named Van Hunkscreating the iconic ‘table cloth’. Thissignificant landmark has attractedover 20-million people up its slopesand sees thousands of internationaltourists every year.The New7Wonders were chosenthrough a process of election andvoting. South Africans showedtheir support through variousvoting channels, such as the onlinecampaign, calling, sms, Facebook, aswell as Africa’s largest mobile socialnetwork MXit. There was an initialselection of over 400 natural wondersworldwide. From there, 77 naturalwonders made it into the secondround. Table Mountain was then oneof the 28 finalists chosen where votingprovisionally heralded South Africa’smost famous landmark as one ofthe top seven natural wonders in theworld. This will be a huge boost forCape Town and South Africa’s tourismindustry.
  • 118. Best of South Africa118The High and Fast LineThe ExecuJet Aviation Group provides Transport Solutionsto the modern Business Traveller.Imagine a classless, queue-lessexperience that runs like a Swisstrain and offers advantages of speed,efficiency and luxury as well as cuttingstress levels. Welcome to executive airtravel.In fact, apart from highlightingthe comfort side of private aviation,business aviation can actually playa crucial role in supporting businessstrategy and in maximising theirprofits. So the frills aside, one of thekey attractions of this method of flyingis efficiency.A specific focus for ExecuJet isto provide modern, safety regulated,private aviation services to businessesin order to make a worthy contributionto their growth. Many industries canbe positively impacted by reviewingtheir air transportation and logisticsmodels and exploring the efficiencyprivate air services can provide. Alongwith the increasingly important safetyfactor, time and money can be savedby making more practical choiceswhen considering company travelalternatives. This does not only applyto the risk and safety aspects involvedin transporting company teams toremote areas where for examplemining, oil and gas and other relatedindustries are active but also appliesto a day in the life of any typicalbusiness executive.Is it cost effective? Yes, if usedproperly. Consider a simple exercise.Take a team of four key peopletravelling together on business.The efficient time travel means lessaccommodation, meals, and travelcosts on the ground. Faster simplymeans more of a positive impacton the bottom line. Meetings, brain-storming sessions and strategydiscussions can be held en-route, in asecure and confidential environmentand protection of proprietaryinformation is critical to any growingcompany. With a chartered aircraft at
  • 119. Best of South Africa 119your disposal, requesting a schedulechange can usually be met withoutdifficulty. You manage your ownitinerary according to your schedulenot the airline schedule. Simplyimagine a request through the usualchannels for an unscheduled stopor route change when even alteringa pre-booked flight a week beforedeparture seems to put commercialairlines into a tail spin and incursheavy financial penalties.The other major plus factor tochartering flights is that it becomespossible for multiple visits tobe completed in a single day, incomparison to two or three daysusing a scheduled commercial airline.That’s effective time managementthat translates to hard cash. Usingcommercial airlines, the sameschedule would require three to fouradditional routings to complete,increased wait in transit and thechance of missing opportunities. www.execujet.netThe idea of chartering or owningan aircraft may initially appear to be a“luxury” decision more than a practicalone, but once experienced it will proveto provide great benefits in terms ofthe true expense, safety and reliabilityfactors, you will no longer dependentirely on commercial scheduledaviation options.From celebrities who value privacymore than anything else to businesstravellers with a wide geographicalportfolio, the shortest route betweentwo points is a high and fast line.ExecuJet supports today’s businesstravellers in creating this line.The ExecuJet Aviation Group isa leading global business aviationorganisation offering a diverserange of services including pre-owned and new aircraft sales,aircraft management for private andcommercial registered aircraft, aircraftcharter, aircraft maintenance, aircraftcompletions management and fixedbase operations. Headquartered inZürich, Switzerland, ExecuJet hasoperations in six regions – Africa, Asia,Australasia, Europe, Latin Americaand the Middle East, embracing aworkforce of over 850 experiencedstaff.The ExecuJet Aviation Groupmanages 150 business jets worldwideunder the most stringent safetystandards. Its commercial fleetis operated under the regulatoryumbrella of seven regional civilaviation issued air operatingcertificates (AOCs). ExecuJet hasmany authorised maintenance facilitiesthroughout four regions, certified towork on most Business Jets. TheExecuJet Aviation Group operatessixteen world class FBOs worldwide.
  • 120. Best of South Africa120Bidvest Premier Lounges:Comfort Guaranteed, for EveryoneTime in transit need not be uncomfortable or unproductive; Bidvest Premier Loungesoffer a world of comfort and convenience, which means that any airport stay becomesa blissful experience. And, best of all, these lounges are accessible to all travellers –regardless of airline, ticket class or loyalty programme.Most frequent travellers will agree thatbeing in transit is only truly glamorouswhen you’re daydreaming about itfrom the grey, fluorescent-lit confinesof an office. Whether your flight hasbeen delayed, you’re facing a longlayover, or you’ve simply got a fewhours to kill before those boardinggates finally open, one fact remainsclear: airports spaces simply weren’tdesigned to cater for the comfort ofthose travellers who aren’t just movingswiftly along to their next destination.Most travellers do the obligatorystroll around the airport shops which,in turn, leads to the weary journey tothe boarding gate, where the waitinggame begins. Thanks to the BidvestPremier Lounges, this grim scenariois no longer the fate of airport-boundtravellers in South Africa. The bestnews is that their luxury, convenience,calm and comfort are accessible toeach and every traveller; regardless ofwhat airline you’re flying with or whatclass of ticket you hold. At the BidvestPremier Lounges cash visits arewelcomed (R150 at domestic loungesand R250 at international lounges),making these sumptuous spacesaccessible to anyone.Domestic lounges are located inthe departure terminals at OR Tambo,Cape Town, Durban King Shaka, EastLondon, George and Port Elizabethairports, and international loungescan be found inside the departureterminals at OR Tambo and CapeTown international airports. All loungesopen an hour before the first flightleaves and close half-an-hour after thelast flight departs for the day.
  • 121. Best of South Africa 121Between the comforts of a homeenvironment and the convenienceof a well-appointed office space,the Bidvest Premier Lounge offersyou the best of both worlds. Feelingsticky from lugging around thoseheavy suitcases? Shower facilitiesat selected Premier Lounges willleave you fresh and revitalised in notime. In desperate need of freshlymade coffee? Help yourself to anaromatic cuppa from the exclusiveDouwe Egberts coffee machines.Pastries and a large variety of snackskeep hunger pangs at bay, whileguests may choose from a refreshingselection of hot and cold beverages.Smokers are also catered for withseparate smoking rooms available inselected lounges.Business travellers will bedelighted to find everything theyneed to turn their time in transit into aproductive working session. With anabundance of plug-points for laptopsand various seating options, it is easyto set up a mobile working station,while wireless Internet availabilitymeans you need not worry aboutthose emails piling up in your inbox!Leisure travellers, on the otherhand, have a variety of newspapersand magazines to choose from, orthey may choose simply to curl upin one of the comfortable seats andwatch some television, or soak up thetranquil ambience.Access to Bidvest’s PremierLounges is complimentary for thosewho hold one of the following cardsor memberships: ABSA Private Bank, BIDVest Bank , FNB Private Clients,Investec Private Bank, NedbankPrivate Bank,  RMB Private Bank,American Express · Barclays, DinersClub,  Hertz Gold Club.For more information or topurchase online visit vouchers priorto your flight, go to:www.bidvestlounge.co.za.The BidVest Boardroom atOR Tambo: A RevolutionaryConcept in ConferencingThe BidVest Boardroom at ORTambo is an innovative answer tothe business traveller’s meetingand conferencing needs. Situatedat the far end of the restaurants’area on Level Two of DomesticDepartures, it is ideally locatedfor quick and effortless access.The BidVest Boardroom offers two10-seater venues that open up tobecome a 20-seater boardroom– thereby accommodatingsmaller, more intimate, businessmeetings as well medium-sizedconferences. Offering state-of-the-art facilities and wirelessInternet access, the friendly staffwill also see to it that all yourcatering requirements are takencare of. For more information andtailor-made packages, contactLELANIE on 011 390 1080.www.comfortguaranteed.co.za
  • 122. Best of South Africa122The Spurwing Africa Group wasstarted in 1996 just as post-ApartheidSouth Africa opened it’s doorsto the rest of the world, quicklyestablishing itself as a tourism servicespecialist. Today the company stillfocusses on providing cutting-edgetravel solutions and innovations forcorporate companies.Finding the right travel partner inAfrica can be a daunting task. Asthe continent experiences incrediblegrowth, the business world istravelling to Africa at unprecedentednumbers to trade and also toexperience the splendor of the Africancultures, wildlife and natural beauty.The Spurwing Africa Groupcomprises of 3 tiers. Business travel,leisure travel and M.I.C.E. Travel(Meetings, Incentives, Conferencesand Exhibitions). They offerspecialised support and real-timesolutions under the auspices of eachof these sectors. The Spurwing AfricaGroup.Spurwing Africa GroupLeading the way with 21st century travel solutions into Africa and beyond.Corporate Travel SolutionsFlights | Car-Hire | Hotels | AirportTransfers | ToursThey offer a complete travel serviceincluding pre-budgeted quotationsand reservations, from a singletraveler to over a thousand peoplefor a world congress. They handletravel arrangements for Corporatecompanies into and out of Africa,the middle East, Europe and theAmericas. For larger clients theybuild and develop a customizedtravel website and real-time bookingengine, banded with the client’s logosand relative information. This portalthen becomes the main contact pointfor all employees’ and visitors’ travelneeds within that corporate group,with monthly reports and feedbackgiving the client more control overtheir travel spend.Conference and ExhibitionManagement SolutionsWorld Congresses | Conferences| Exhibitions | Product Launches |Networking EventsSpurwing Africa’s conference
  • 123. Best of South Africa 123and exhibition division employsa dedicated team of experiencedprofessionals who will plan andfacilitate the complete event. Theirlarge database of suppliers in termsof transportation, accommodation,flights and leisure activities,empowers them to provide delegateswith the best experience at the bestpossible rates.For each event they design a brandedEvent Management e-System thatallows for real-time registrations,reservations, communications,reports and supplier management.All aspects of the event are takencare of so the client can focus on hiscore business and we focus on thesuccess of the event.Online Corporate Travel SolutionsSpurwing Africa designs andmanages many branded online travelwebsites for their clients and this istailor-made to match each client’scorporate profile and insignia. Thesewebsites are linked to the client’smain website and becomes the“travel help desk” for the client. Allevents, meetings and trips are thenlinked to this online booking portalwhere employees and visitors caninteract from anywhere in the world.This is the perfect platform forlarge or small events and SpurwingAfrica has handled more than 3000delegates in a single event throughthis platform. They have a long list ofcorporate companies that have usedthis system for events, internationalbusiness travel or just a local flight tothe next town.For a beter idea on what thesystem entails, why not take lookfor yourself at www.traveldesk.co/gvpedia.Tours and Safari’s to Africa’sgreatest attractions - SpurwingAfrica has a database of of over 1200hotels and lodges throughout Africaand this is the basis of their extensiveknowledge of the finest and mostspectacular destinations in Africa.From the magnificent Masai Mara tothe thundering Victoria Falls and thegreat plains of the Kalahari, SpurwingAfrica can tailor-make the perfectbreakaway package.Incentive Travel & Team-Building – Travel is by far the mostpopular incentive in the corporateenvironment. Spurwing has anextensive range of incentive andteam-building experiences designedto be exciting and inspiring whileessential corporate bonding takesplace. Some of their most thrillingexperiences include Sport CarRacing, Raft Building, SurvivorGames, Cooking Competitions andMarlin Fishing.African countries they operate inSouth Africa – Namibia –Mozambique – Botswana – Zambia– Zimbabwe – Kenya – Tanzania– Malawi – Uganda – Madagascar –Burundi – DR of Congo – Rwanda.The appointed Travel & TourismCompany for the World Trade CentreAfrica Initiative.Contact Person: Francois Els(Managing Director)E-mail: info@spurwing.co.zawww.spurwing.co.zaOfficial Expedia Affiliate
  • 124. Best of South Africa124The HeritageThe town’s proud history stretchesas far back as 1903, making it theoldest diamond mine still in operation.Highlights include the discoveryof such famous diamonds as “TheGolden Jubilee”, owned by ThaiRoyalty; “The Centenary Diamond”;“The Niarchos”; “The Premier Rose”and “The Taylor Burton”, worn bythe silver screen’s legendary heroineand diamond connoisseur. Themine’s greatest treasure though, isundoubtedly The Cullinan Diamond,the largest clean white diamondever found. Discovered in 1905,the 3106 carat rough diamond waspresented to King Edward VII on his66th birthday. The original stone wascut into 105 gems. The two largeststones, “The Greater and LesserStar of Africa” are set into the BritishCrown Jewels and are on display inthe Tower of London.The StarsToday the mine is also the world’smain source for rare blue diamonds.The dazzling “Star of Josephine”took its place as the most expensivegem diamond sold on auction whenthe vivid fancy blue 7.03 carat waspurchased for USD $10M in May2009.A more recent star of Cullinan, the507 carat “Cullinan Heritage”, namedin honor of the significant day it wasunearthed – 24 September 2009,Heritage day in South Africa – wassold for an incredible USD $35M inFebruary 2010.The OfferingThose who wish to learn more aboutthe world’s most glamorous gem willenjoy educational tours focusing onthe history of diamond mining andthe cutting and polishing process.Cullinan Diamond Mine - Home of theworld’s most famous diamondThe picturesque town of Cullinan, home to this most famous of mines,is a short breathtaking drive from South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, andonly 90 minutes from the City of Gold, Johannesburg.
  • 125. Best of South Africa 125Treat yourself to a once in a lifetimeunderground tour and experience anactive diamond mine, almost 1000meters under the surface.The ServiceCullinan Diamond Mine is and remainsthe source of the most remarkablediamonds in history, the largest andmost ‘larger than life’ gemstones everunearthed.Please call us for a private viewingof our showroom and be collectedfree of charge in our luxuriouscourtesy car from all major hotels inJohannesburg and Pretoria.Diamond HubCullinan Diamond Mine, CullinanTel: +27 12 734 2626Email: info@cullinandiamonds.co.zawww.cullinandiamonds.co.za
  • 126. Best of South Africa126The BrandFrom its rough form to its polishedresting place, every diamond has astory to tell. Now, in your hands, thelegend continues. From the mine toyour finger, you can choose your ownpiece of the legend. Visit our showroomat the source of these spectaculargems and browse our vast range ofsparkling loose, polished diamonds– setup by our goldsmiths while youwait - and dazzling diamond jewelry,all manufactured to the highest qualitystandards. Take home our spectacular66 facet Cullinan Star CutTMdiamond.Unlike a standard 58 facet roundbrilliant cut diamond, the unique 66facet cut of The Cullinan Star CutTMexhibits eight extra facets that captureBuy your diamonds from the sourceCullinan Diamond Mine – the most glittering name in South Africa’sdiamond history, is the source of many of the largest and mostrenowned diamonds in the world.
  • 127. Best of South Africa 127and reflect light, displaying a distinctstar visible at the very heart of eachdiamond.The OfferingThis tradition of excellence is upheldand nurtured by our experienced,highly qualified staff. Fluent in a numberof languages, your sales assistant hasexpertise in diamond grading to theexacting standards of the EuropeanGemological Laboratories. More than aquality showroom, Cullinan Diamondsis as much a must-see as the mineitself, with large viewing windowsenabling visitors to view expert cuttersat work with sophisticated machinery,revealing the fire and brilliance lyingbeneath the rough stones. Also watchstudents hard at work learning the artof jewelry design at Imfundiso – TheCullinan Jewelry Schools threeyeardiploma.The DiamondA diamonds’ quality and thus thevalue is evaluated using the 4 C’s: cut,color, clarity and carat weight. The fifthC, however describes what we callthe conscientious diamond. All ourdiamonds are mined conscientiously,with respect to the land that it comesfrom and the people that participatein its extraction. All our diamondsare coupled with an internationallyrecognized laboratory certificate thatguarantees the quality of carat, theauthenticity of the color and claritygrades, as well as the endorsementthat our diamonds are conflict-free.The CommunityThe extraction and sale of eachCullinan diamond, while it may beprecious to you, brings great valueto society too. A percentage of everyCullinan Star CutTMdiamond sold isdonated to a local social upliftmentprogram. Our Diamond EmpowermentFund or DEF, encourages skillsdevelopment and job creation in thetown that has brought the world somuch beauty.The ServiceOnly a few diamonds find their polishedresting place in the collections of kings,queens, wives and wealthy collectors.And every resting place, even ifcenturies old are but a mere pause inthe life of the diamond: whose name,it must be remembered, is taken from‘adamas’, the invincible.The Cullinan Diamond Mine isand remains the source of the mostremarkable diamonds in history, thelargest and most ‘larger than life’gemstones ever unearthed.Come and discover the world’s mostdesirable investments: Cullinan StarCutTM– “the diamond with a star in itsheart”.Please call us for a private viewingof our showroom and be collected freeof charge in our luxurious courtesy carfrom all major hotels in Johannesburgand Pretoria.Diamond HubCullinan Diamond Mine, CullinanTel: +27 12 734 2626Email: info@cullinandiamonds.co.zawww.cullinandiamonds.co.za
  • 128. Best of South Africa128Chapter 5Dining, Nightlife and Entertainment
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  • 130. Best of South Africa130in 1894 and once the finest in SouthAfrica; the much-mourned TivoliMusic Hall (demolished in the 1930s)and Alhambra Theatre (demolished in1970); the Old Railway Station (1905- 1968); and Cartwright’s Corner, anAdderley Street landmark. Even theoriginal Fort of Good Hope, erectedin 1652 and demolished in 1678,was recreated, and now contains achildren’s entertainment complex.The nightlife entertainment areacelebrates the diverse and vibrantcharacter of Cape Town’s famousDistrict Six. In ‘The District’ visitorswill re-discover some of the city’sbest-remembered names and places,such as The Roxy, an intimate theatreshowcasing the talents of a widevariety of comedians and musicians,and Hanover Street, an exotic nightclub featuring live bands and funkyDJs to keep the central dance floorpumping. The popular Jackson Hall isa New Orleans-style cocktail bar withDJ entertainment and live bands.Cape Town is famous for the vastarray of culinary influences that cameto its shores over the centuries,and this is reflected in The District’sGrandWest Casino and Entertainment WorldGrandWest Casino and Entertainment World is the largest entertainment complex inSouth Africa and the most successful casino in the Sun International Group.Attracting nearly 50 million visitorssince it opened in 2000, its headymix of restaurants, bars, theatres,cinemas, night clubs and a multi-purpose arena, ice rink and children’sentertainment area, in addition tostate-of-the-art casino has createdan entertainment wonderland thatremains the Western Cape’s mostpopular entertainment destination.Visitors should take a closer lookat GrandWest’s unique design whichpays homage to the rich cultural andarchitectural heritage of the Cape.The facades are near-replicas of long-gone landmark buildings such as thehandsome Old Post Office (1897 -1942); the original Grand Hotel, built
  • 131. Best of South Africa 131selection of restaurants, catering forthe most discerning tastes. Indianrestaurant Bukhara leads diners on aspicy culinary journey with dishes fromthe various regions of the Indian sub-continent, while the Beijing Orchardwill tantalise the most indulged tastebuds with their masterful creations.The Quarterdeck restaurant offers avast buffet with more than 100 dishescatering for all tastes for all ages, whilethe Cape Town Fish Market capitaliseson its proximity to the ocean and adaily fresh supply of fish and shellfish.Although famous for its steaks,Squires also provides fine vegetarianfare. With an authentic Italianbackdrop, Bella Gina provides theflavours of Italy with a mouth-wateringselection of pastas and wood-ovenbaked pizzas. Young palates arecatered for by Spur, Nando’s andKFC, in addition to smaller take-awayoutlets at the Food Court.Particular attention has been givento activities that will keep youngervisitors entertained for hours. Theycan watch the very latest Hollywoodblockbuster films at the six screencinema complex, while at The MagicCompany activities include go-carting,arcade games, a mini funfair boastinga roller coaster, bumper cars and aGrandWest Casino andEntertainment World1 Vanguard Drive, Goodwood, 7460Tel: +27 21 505 7777Fax: +27 21 534 1278grandwest@za.suninternational.comwww.grandwest.co.zacarousel, all surrounded by fun stalls.The ten pin bowling alley will appeal tothe entire family with its glowing neoncoloured alleys and computerisedscoring. The coolest place at GrandWestis the Ice Station.  Youngsters canchoose between a mini-rink in theFood Court for smaller visitors, andthe Olympic-sized ice rink.For visitors looking for a relaxingyet sophisticated gaming experience,GrandWest’s famous casino houses1 129 slots and 32 tables on its mainnon-smoking casino floor. A separate5 000m2smoking casino floor locatedin The District offers an additional1 124 slots and 24 tables, plus aMost Valued Guest (MVG) loungeand seated bar area. In addition, theGrandWest Salon Prive offers a worldof ultra-exclusive gaming and luxurydesigned especially for high-endplayers.But the pinnacle of the GrandWestentertainment experience is the multi-purpose Grand Arena seating up to5 000 people or 7 000 peoplestanding.  An impressive number ofinternational celebrities and groupshave performed at the Grand Arena,including Cirque du Soleil; OprahWinfrey; pop stars Enrique Iglesias,Kelly Clarkson and Kylie Minogue;R&B legends Mary J Blige andR Kelly; comedians Chris Rock andWayne Brady; rock acts Foreigner,Deep Purple and Counting Crows; andpopular classical musician Andre Rieu.Visit GrandWest Casino andEntertainment World for thebest 24hour roundup of fun andentertainment in the Cape. GRANDWEST CASINO SUPPORTSRESPONSIBLE GAMBLING. GAMBLINGFOR PERSONS 18 YEARS AND OLDER.WINNERS KNOW WHEN TO STOP.NATIONAL RESPONSIBLE GAMBLINGTOLLFREE COUNSELLING LINE0800 006 008. SUN INTERNATIONALCASINOS ARE LICENSED CASINOS.
  • 132. Best of South Africa132Pigalle RestaurantsOur popular award winning restaurants have always offered the best-selling dishes served over the years which has made the name “PigalleRestaurants” synonymous with great food complimented with exceptionalservice-oriented flair.The Gonçalves brothers have alwaysbeen on the forefront of popularinnovative dining experiences withemphasis on new and excitingadditions to the theatre of culinaryart. All dishes are impeccablyprepared and our signature meals arealways in demand. For those sweettooth lovers, our pastry chefs havemasterfully created divine dessertsfor those sweet palates and allPigalle restaurants offer a variety ofcomplementary wines from a diverseand comprehensive collectionof boutique estates. ExperiencePigalle’s charm and be seen withsociety’s impressive A-list crowd asthe Pigalle Restaurants Group hasfour stunning restaurants in SouthAfrica.PIGALLE CAPE TOWN the largestcapacity restaurant/venue is locatedin the trendy Cape Quarter, offeringa delicious variety of Seafood &Shellfish platters as well as exquisitedishes to suit all tastes togetherwith a range of fine wines and a liveband to top off your night with someentertainment and dancing. Pigalleoverlooks the trendy Somerset Roadof Green Point and was namedafter a lively square in Paris whichis famous for its nightlife. The busyhandcrafted, dark wooden bars haveample seating for those enjoying pre-dinner drinks, and offers a selectionof speciality cocktails. The cigar andcognac lounge is a favourite areawhere patrons relax, sit back andenjoy a cigars accompanied by after-dinner drinks. The spacious dancefloor is brought to life by top SouthAfrican artists playing every eveningfrom 7pm until late, bringing you thebest of swing, jazz and salsa music.The various dining areas serve ourfamous Portuguese classics andoutstanding seafood which havegiven us a reputation of beingCape Town’s best seafood/shellfishpremier live dinner and jazz venue.
  • 133. Best of South Africa 133PIGALLE SANDTON welcomesyou to a fine dining experienceexuding luxury, true baroqueattitude and urban style resultingin the epitome of class andsophistication. Located in theMichelangelo Towers nearby theNelson Mandela Square, PigalleSandton has become a benchmarkin urban chic dining wheresocialites and business men andwomen swarm to wine and dine likekings and queens. Pigalle Sandtonshowcases elegant décor whichsets a chic, up market ambienceas well as successfully exhibitinga decadent yet exceptionallyimpressive urban-baroque flavour.Lavish imported Italian fabrics, richtimber and gilded frames completethe opulent look and feel, while thesmoking section boasts a breezybalcony with panoramic vistas ofthe Sandton CBD skyline.
  • 134. Best of South Africa134PIGALLE BEDFORDVIEW isconveniently located in the VillageView Shopping Centre which is inclose proximity to Johannesburg’sOR Tambo airport. The restaurant isrun and managed by a passionateteam who effortlessly leads thepopularity stakes offering thesignature, personalised service tailor-making individual packages to creatememorable experiences. The awardwinning menu includes the exceptionalseafood and shellfish dishes Pigalleis renowned for, as well as a focus onPortuguese inspired cuisine. Everypalate is satiated and catered for~ from Bacalau to Fillet Steaks toSeafood Platters and Lobsters. Therestaurants’ unique charm, abstractartworks, locally-forged two metrechandeliers and overlooking thecentre’s views all tops off the idealdining setting.
  • 135. Best of South Africa 135PIGALLE MELROSE ARCH offersa warm and relaxed contemporaryfeel that is true to the bustlingMelrose Arch’s metropolitan lifestyle.The restaurant juxtaposes thetrendy and elegant laced with lavishgolds, rich chocolate browns andbutter soft suede chairs, togetherwith the colourful sparkling crystalaccompanied by soft lighting to createa perfectly balanced eclectic andcomfortable space. The restaurant ison the upper level which overlooksthe Piazza, creating individual privatebalcony settings for the exclusivedining experience. Though popular forluncheons, the ambiance when nightfalls naturally lends itself to soiréePigalle Restaurants Awards American ExpressFine Dining Award RASA Rosetta ServiceExcellence Award Diners Club Wine List Award Top 100 SA Wines Awardtype dining experiences creating amagical memorable evening. Offeringinternational cuisine and beingawarded for its theatre of culinaryart and incredible service excellencethis intimate restaurant completesthe Pigalle bouquet of prestigiousofferings to guarantee only the bestexperiences.
  • 136. Best of South Africa136BelugaBeluga first opened its doors in 1999 to the immediate acclaim of being voted as oneof the Top 60 Restaurants in the World by Condé Nast Traveller.Since then, Beluga has seen areinvention, which has lead to acontinuous evolution in the search ofperfection. Over the past couple ofyears we have also been incrediblyfortunate with the amazing supportof all our guests, be it Capetonians,Presidents, Princes, movie stars orinternational guests.We love what we do, and we havefun doing it. Everything we do is for ourguests: to exceed their expectations.In order to do that, we have takenourselves outside the “box” and theonly rule we apply is that our food,service and overall dining experience isone for which every guest will return.The RESTAURANTBeluga restaurant is situated in a onehundred year old building with solidwooden floors and ceilings. In thiswarm space, an Art Deco, New Yorkloft feel is combined with an open plankitchen, sushi section and designerbar. The intimate cobbled terracecompletes the picture, and makes thisrestaurant truly memorable.Beluga’s Sushi and Cocktail Specialhas been running since 2006, withsome interesting results.
  • 137. Best of South Africa 137In a year, Beluga uses:• 36 000 kg’s of Salmon• 24 000 kg’s of Tuna• 4 000 kg’s of Jelly beansIn a year, Beluga sells:• 60 000 Sushi Special Plates• 10 000 portions of Lamb Shoulders• 8 000 kg’s of PrawnsTHE FOODBeluga began as a “fine dining”restaurant, serving less than 120guests but, over the years, the menuhas evolved and Beluga now boasts afull Sushi, Dim Sum, Wine, Cocktail andÀ la Carte menu.To achieve all of this, we have anamazing group of chefs and other staff,as well as a development kitchen,wherein our development chefs havea great time creating new signaturedishes.The main menu is so varied that wefind it hard to highlight certain items,but we will say that we take pride inensuring we work the ingredients totheir greatest advantage as we only usethe best: vegetables straight from themarket, fresh fish and seafood and thebest game, beef and lamb available.THE WINEGreat care has been taken whendesigning our wine lists, for which wehave chosen some of South Africa’smost liked, and rarest, of wines andvintages. The waiting staff receive dailytraining on the wines, and are able toeffortlessly guide every guest throughtheir selection. Part of the fun at Belugais the “party” vibe. Fun is essentialto every dining experience, and thebar provides one with the perfectopportunity to do so. It is no wonderthat Beluga sells more than 40000Mojito’s a year!SHARE OUR PASSIONWe at Beluga love what we do! Theonly goal we have, is to do better thanthe previous day as we search forperfection and strive to exceed everyexpectation. We truly hope that you willjoin us, and share what we love most...The FoundryPrestwich Street, Green PointCape Town 8001Tel: +27 21 418 2948/9Email: info@beluga.co.zawww.beluga.co.za
  • 138. Best of South Africa138Located in the luxurious andupmarket suburb of Morningside inJohannesburg’s trend-setting Sandton,Signature Restaurant is the epitomeof exclusive, stylish, worldclassdining. It’s the creation of restaurateurextraordinaire Desmond Mabuza andhis partner, visionary entrepreneurRichard Moloko, the guiding forcebehind the renowned MolokoInvestment Group.They set out to build anoutstanding, exciting and oppulentrestaurant which would “wow” theJohannesburg elite and turn heads,and the fact that 10,000 customersflocked through Signature’s doors inthe first two months after its openingis testament to the fact that theysucceeded!Add to this the fact that after only threemonths of business, the restaurantwon the Best of Johannesburg’sReaders Choice Award and you knowthat something special has beencreated at Signature.The combination of sophisticateddecor, exquisite culinary delights, top-notch entertainment and outstandingservice puts Signature Restaurant in aclass of its own.For a start, it looks fantastic!Floor to ceiling windows act as theperfect frame for a panoramic viewof Sandton, home to the rich andfamous and Johannesburg’s energisedbusiness and entertainment hub, andsome truly inspirational sunsets. Ofcourse, sunsets are the perfect excuseto enjoy Signature’s delicious range ofElegant. Flawless. Exceptional. All words which have becomesynonymous with one of South Africa’s most outstandingfine-dining experiences – Signature RestaurantDesmond Mabuza
  • 139. Best of South Africa 139cocktails, or a bottle of perfectly chilledchampagne.Good taste isn’t just a phraseused to refer to class and style, itliterally has meaning at Signature,where the menu is full to capacity withdelectable, mouthwatering “Signature”dishes. All meat is wet-aged on thepremises for 21 days, and served withsumo chips, glazed baby vegetablesand a choice of sassy sauces. Sushiand seafood are also a speciality and arange of shellfish such as prawns andlangoustines are served Mozambicanstyle with a touch of peri-peri pizazz.Indeed, the cuisine is beyondgood, it is truly excellent, pushing atthe tried and tested boundaries withits variety, aromas and flavours, allcomplemented by a range of award-winning local and international wines.The restaurant is open for luxuriantlunches and dazzling dinners fromMonday to Saturday and for Sundaylunch.Signature Restaurant aspires to thefour pillars of hospitality – fantasticfood, incredible atmosphere, flawlessTel: +27 87 940 3880www.signaturerestaurant.co.zaservice and outstanding entertainment.With live music encapsulating thebest of the local blues and jazzscenes acting as a backcloth for finedining, what could be a better wayof celebrating all that is great in ourRainbow Nation?
  • 140. Best of South Africa140Café SofiaThe Art of Simple FoodTake all that is special about Mediterranean, eastern Europeanand Middle Eastern cuisine and add a healthy dash of SouthAfrican flair and what do you get? Cafe Sofia.This rapidly expanding chain oftrend-setting boutique bistros hastaken Cape Town by storm and isnow expanding to Johannesburg,with the opening of the sixth CafeSofia in the trendy, upmarket suburbof Greenside.Invariably described as lusciousand sexy, the Cafe Sofia brand isthe brainchild of Advocate RichardMoloko and Roumen Angelo andpart of the renowned MolokoInvestment Group. It representsinformal dining at its very best,with sumptuous decor, upbeat andvibrant ambience and sensational,yet artfully simple food. Cafe Sofia isa breath of fresh air in the restaurantindustry, taking the traditional cafeconcept and giving it a novel andhighly original spin, in the processcreating a new niche in what is anotoriously competitive sector.The first Cafe Sofia opened itsdoors in Cape Town in 2006. SouthAfrica’s Mother City now has astring of Cafe Sofias to its name,with branches in Kloof, Sea Point,Rondebosch and the Martini Barin Green Point, the Oyster Bar inCamps Bay and new Beach Bar inBloubergstrand, which opened inDecember 2009.Besides being exceedingly chicplaces to eat, the Cafe Sofia brandhas made its name by offering hip
  • 141. Best of South Africa 141and happening night spots imbuedwith the incredible spirit and energyof modern South Africa. The resultis a drawcard which attracts a wideclientelle, from young trend-settersto successful go-getters, all of whomare smitten with the inventive blendof cultural influences which infuseboth the menu and the surroundings,creating a unique dining experience.Cafe Sofia has becomesynonymous with sensorial delights.It’s decor is warm and inviting, withan eclectic and wonderfully decadentmixture of rich oranges, dark woodsand exquisite fabrics. It’s all aboutslowing down and savouring simple,but marvelously tasty food, sharingthe vibe and great menu with friendsand family.This intimate dining style iscombined with a fusion of rich andhealthy food styles which embody allthat is great about the Mediterraneanheritage, with mouthwatering firstcourses – meze, tapas and a myriadof small dishes designed to gettaste-buds ablaze with excitement.The result is distinctive andoriginal. For example, savoury cocaCatalana are home-made pastries,which originate in MediterraneanSpain. These are filled with a rangeof mouthwatering ingredients, as areCafe Sofia’s “signature” dishes – itsrange of both sweet and savouryTel: +27 11 646 4003+27 21 426 0801www.cafesofia.co.zatapas – Spanish-styled snacks anddelights inspired by the vibrantculture of Spain.At the heart of Cafe Sofia, andindeed any self-respecting cafe, isits bar, which serves everything fromchai latte to delicious and creativecocktails. Combine this with greatfood and a fabulous ambienceand you have Cafe Sofia’s winningcombination.
  • 142. Best of South Africa142Bice RistoranteSouthern Sun Hyde Park SandtonThe globally renowned Bice Ristorante, the first in Africa, was establishedby the Ruggeri family as a neighbourhood Italian trattoria in Milan in 1926.The Bice Ristorante Group,currently has 60 outlets worldwideall operating to a unique blueprintand now part of this stylish hotel.Featuring authentic Italiancuisine and delicacies, SouthernSun Hyde Park Sandton has twooutstanding chefs, each withexperience from around the globe.The Head Chef has worked atmany celebrated restaurants anddiners can enjoy many of thefamous, signature recipes, whichinclude the veal ravioli, tortelliniwith truffles and a delectablecombination of pasta with lobster,all served with Italian flair.There is also a walk-in, glasswalled temperature controlledwine cellar with a selectionof both local, Italian andinternational wines.“Food plays an intricate rolein ensuring a great stay for guestsas well as an intrinsic elementin creating a memorable foodexperience for our local patrons whovisit our hotel on a social and leisurebasis”, says the general Manager.Bice is fine dining Italian style andits focus on pleasing the guest andensuring repeat visits is part of thehotel’s service promise.For those who enjoy Easterncuisine, the stylish Daruma Sushiand Tempura Bar offers lunchand dinner under the precisionof the Head Chef. His expertisehas been acquired from severalJapanese restaurants acrossThailand, Guam, Malasia, Saipanand Japan and carries thecontinued legacy of Daruma,which is renowned for superbJapanese Cuisine, service andatmosphere.At Bice Ristorante guestscan enjoy a sophisticatedenvironment with its gorgeousviews across the leafy northernsuburbs and superb food andservice.
  • 143. Best of South Africa 143Southern SunHyde Park Sandton1st Road, Hyde Park Shopping,Sandton 2146Tel: +27 11 341 8080Fax: +27 11 341 8081Email: sshydepark.reservations@tsogosun.comwww.tsogosun.com
  • 144. Best of South Africa144Chapter 6HealthcarePrior to South Africa’s democracy,few hospitals existed where blackdoctors and specialists couldpractice and local communitiescould receive private healthcare.
  • 145. Best of South Africa 145High-quality private healthcareat the heart of the community
  • 146. Best of South Africa146Empowered by Excellence. Every day. Every way.Clinix Health Group has grown from strength to strength since opening the first blackowned private hospital in 1992 in Soweto. The group now owns and manages 8 privatehospitals.Committed to delivering qualityhealthcare at the heart of thecommunities we serve, Clinix HealthGroup’s private hospitals operate athigh standards, offering outstandingpatient care.Proudly ‘of, for and by thecommunity’ Clinix Health Group notonly employs 90% of our staff fromthe surrounding communities, we alsosource products and services fromlocal enterprises, promoting economicgrowth and development.Furthermore, we invest millionseach year in healthorientatedcommunity-based CSI initiatives,demonstrating our commitment tocommunity upliftment.Managed by Clinix Heath Groupsince 1994, Lesedi Private Hospital,which means ‘leading light’ opened in1985 at the height of Apartheid. Today,it is one of Soweto’s great successstories. Conveniently located in
  • 147. Best of South Africa 147Diepkloof Soweto, Lesedi has earneda welldeserved reputation for qualitypatient care and comfort and fosteringthe well-being of the communities itserves.Renovated and upgraded overthe years, Lesedi Private Hospital’sfacilities include Operating Theatres,a fully equipped Adult Intensive CareUnit (ICU), Neonatal ICU, a 24 HourAccident and Emergency Department,multi-disciplinary Psychiatric Unit andOn-site Pharmacy.Considered a centre of maternityand antenatal excellence with one ofthe most respected Neonatal IntensiveCare Units in Johannesburg, and awell-equipped Mother & Baby Clinicthat provides Antenatal and PostnatalClasses, Immunizations as a well as4D scans, newborn hearing tests adfamily planning.Lesedi Private Hospital alsohas a large group of specialists,
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  • 149. Best of South Africa 149on-site surgeons and medicalpractitioners who provide everythingfrom neurosurgery to psychiatry,physiotherapy and ophthalmology,radiology and pathology departments.Clinix Health Group opened ClinixTshepo-Themba Private Hospital in1995.This momentous occasion wasmarked with an unveiling ceremony bythe late Mr. Walter Sisulu and Mr. M.B.Mofokeng – Vice Chairperson, BonitasMedical Fund.Conveniently located inDobsonville, Soweto, Clinix Tshepo-Themba Private Hospital has beenhealing the surrounding communities.Staffed with highly qualified doctorsand nurses, Clinix Tshepo-ThembaPrivate Hospital is committed todelivering service excellence; ensuringpatients are always comfortable andwell taken care of.The recipient of a ROCCI BusinessInnovation Success Award andCANSA Award, Clinix Tshepo-ThembaPrivate Hospital combines smartpractices and professionalism with acaring empathetic approach.The hospital’s well-equippedfacilities include 3 Operating Theatres,24-hour Casualty, ICU and NeonatalICU. There is also an Antenatal,Immunisation Clinic that offers all thesupport and care a mother to be ornew mother could need including 4Dscans and hearing tests for newborns.In addition to the general medicalservices offered, Clinix Tshepo-Themba Private Hospital has a largegroup of on-site specialists andpractitioners who provide surgery aswell as everything from dentistry andophthalmology to support servicessuch as occupational therapy,speech and hearing therapy andphysiotherapy. The hospital also hasradiology and pathology departments,as well as an on-site pharmacy andwound care clinic.Soweto holds a special place inthe heart of millions of South Africans.Clinix Health Group is proud to be apart of the development and progressof this historical landmark.A leader in empowered health care,Clinix Health Group believes theirhospitals are empowered by highlytrained, caring and dedicated nursesand doctors who work tirelesslyto ensure our patients receive thebest medical care. Empoweredby exceptional facilities, best carepractices and a commitment toquality. Empowered by Excellence.Every day. Every way.First Floor, Selby Park Hospital121 Eloff Street ExtensionSelby, JohannesburgTel : +27 11 429 1000Fax: +27 11 429 1110www.clinix.co.za
  • 150. Best of South Africa150Understanding AddictionA Chronic Disease.After twenty years in full-blown, activedrug addiction and alcoholism, StevenThomson’s future was death or prison.He was jobless and unemployable.Addiction had destroyed his familyand every relationship he’d everhad. Admitting he had a problemtook courage. It was the first step torecovery. This is a seemingly classicaddiction recovery story albeit one towhich most of us can’t relate.Or can we? You probably knowsomeone who lives on the edge a littlesometimes. But that doesn’t makethem an addict. Right? Not if theyhave a good job, a solid family life,and great friendships. What’s more,they can stop drinking or taking drugswhenever they feel like it. They’vebeen doing it for years.Don’t be fooled. Addiction is acomplex disease. It thrives ondenial.That’s the problem. It’s easy toassume you’re not in danger if you’rea functioning, contributing memberof society. But no two people arealike. Everyone has different tolerancelevels and the devastating effectsof addiction and dependence couldtake days, months or years. Don’tbe fooled. Addiction is a complexdisease. It thrives on denial.Clean and sober, Steven wantedto give something back. In 2002, heopened Serendipity, Cape Town’s firstlicenced halfway house. HarmonyHouse, an extended care programmefollowed shortly thereafter.Taking the best from the mostsuccessful treatment programmesworldwide he developed a unique,complementary, holistic alcohol anddrug rehabilitation programme. Asa result and, situated in beautifulsurroundings, Harmony AddictionsClinic was established in Hout BaySteven Thomson
  • 151. Best of South Africa 151in 2008. More recently, Akron Housein Noordhoek opened. This facilitycaters specifically for marginalisedpopulations.… in a state of deprivationaddicts believe that taking drugsor abusing alcohol is essentialfor survival.Based on his (Steven’s) personalexperience and, in spite of popularbelief, addiction is not as simple asmaking a bad choice. Recent researchproves it’s a disease that goes beyonddrug or alcohol use. Even whenconfronted with serious health, socialor legal consequences addicts cannotcontrol their need for alcohol or drugs.Studies also show that in astate of deprivation addicts believetaking drugs or consuming alcoholis essential for survival. Addictionis that powerful and it doesn’t
  • 152. Best of South Africa152discriminate regardless of educationand social or economic status.No one is exempt from theharmful consequences of drugand alcohol abuse. It starts withexperimentation and occasionaluse and mutates into loss ofcontrol.In South Africa, the WesternCape has the highest number ofhigh school binge drinkers, andthe highest rate of foetal alcoholsyndrome worldwide. Six out of tenyoung people under the age of 20use methamphetamine (known as‘tik’) and heroin usage is rising.“… without immediate actionthe future of our country, and inparticular our youth is bleak.” –Desmond TutuFriend of Harmony Addictions Clinic,Desmond Tutu says: “South Africais in the grip of a substance abusepandemic that is corroding the veryfabric or our society, and withoutimmediate action the future of ourcountry, and in particular our youth,is bleak. Having met with Stevenand sharing his concerns about thedire lack of adequate facilities andprofessionally trained people to staffthese facilities, I am comforted toknow that an organisation has beenput in place to tackle the problem.”He fully endorses Steven’s vision.What Steven and his staff doworks for repeated relapses whereother intervention programmes havefailed. Steven says, “the best in theworld come to our facility to train ourstaff and we are the only addictionfacility in the country offering propertrauma work as part of our recoveryprocess.” Harmony offers the onlycontinuum of care fully licenced bythe Departments of Health and SocialDevelopment.
  • 153. Best of South Africa 153It’s dangerous to think that anindividual needs to reach “rockbottom” before they need help.Contrary to popular opinion, recoveryis seldom a question of willpower andit’s not a moral problem. The notionthat addicts are bad people whoshould be punished is archaic andcounter-productive. Addiction is achronic disease but it is treatable andrelapse is not inevitable. An addict’srecovery is dependant on ongoinggrowth and the only guaranteeis a daily reprieve. What’s more,effective treatment doesn’t have toTel: +27 21 790 7779Fax: +27 86 602 2505Mobile: +27 82 703 6629www.harmonygroup.co.zabe voluntary. It’s dangerous to thinkthat an individual needs to reach“rock bottom” before they need help.In fact, early intervention increasesthe chances of recovery. HerschelleGibbs, South African Cricketer says,“spending a month at Harmony wasthe most beneficial thing I’d done in15 years.”When you contact an addictionfacility ask questions and insist onclear answers. The truth is that thereare no instant therapies. The skillsand coping mechanisms learned intreatment must be integrated intoevery day life. Alcohol and drugaddiction are diseases that progressthrough predictable stages so it’scrucial to engage the services ofproperly trained professionals for thebest chance of success. Recoverytakes time. Get help if you suspectthat you, or someone you know is introuble.
  • 154. Best of South Africa154Chapter 7Corporate ProfilesLandscaping – Palazzo Hotel, Monte Casino, Johannesburg.
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  • 156. Best of South Africa156Servest GroupFrom Servest Cleaning, Servest Hygiene, Servest Office Plants, Servest Landscaping,Servest Turf and Servest Security, you get personal service and a commitment toexcellence. These divisions fulfill different, non-core business functions of both publicand private sector organisations, and as a Group, we provide an integrated outsourcesolution.Servest Cleaning is a leading contractcleaning businesses in South Africa.With our years of experience we areable to provide cleaning servicesdesigned to meet the specialistrequirements of industries such ashospitality, food production, healthcare,education, retail, manufacturing &industrial sites, offices, warehousingand logistical hubs.We are able to provide ourcustomers with individually designedcleaning solutions which do not relyon the traditional input-based costingand specification methods whichhave remained unchanged for years.At Servest Cleaning we are able todesign specific cleaning programs thatfocus on measurable service delivery,improved efficiency and productivity,which ultimately results in cost savingsfor our customers. Additionally, weprovide comprehensive training forour cleaning teams on the ground toensure that they have the capabilitiesrequired to service a particular site.Servest Cleaning recently launchedour “i-care” program, which is acompany-wide staff wellness initiative,designed to provide a supportframework for our employees andenhance motivation levels. We offerour employees careers as opposedto jobs and have designed our ownin-house management developmentprogram, where we mentor candidateswho have been identified as our futuremanagement. Our senior managementteam has a wealth of experiencein understanding the dynamics ofproviding high quality service solutionsand our network of regional branchand field-based support teams arecapable of managing all aspects ofour service, quickly and effectively. Itis this combined depth in skills andexperience that enables us to providestandards of cleaning and servicewhich differentiates us from ourcompetitors.Servest Cleaning recognise thatutilising the best available technologyis key to ensuring that measurementof our service delivery is completelytransparent and ultimately builds trustin the relationships we hold with ourcustomers. Our bespoke “i-inspect”field auditing software provides livereporting on the critical aspects ofour service delivery, offering a level ofaccountability for our service deliverywhich is unique in the contract cleaningmarket. We also monitor timekeepingand attendance on sites using our“i-touch” biometric fingerprintingsystems. Information captured at sitesis immediately available to our nationaloperations team us via the web, toensure that we are able to pro-actively
  • 157. Best of South Africa 157manage effective staff deployment.We insist on using cleaning equipmentfrom leading manufacturers worldwidethat is designed to maximizeproductivity and cost effectiveness.Following the recent completionof a full carbon footprint assessment,we have appointed a sustainability‘champion’ in our business and havecommitted to operating in a sustainableand ethical way, by working alongsideour clients to meet their own ‘green’obligations and commitments.Supporting this, we are able to providea complete range of environmentallyfriendly cleaning materials.Servest Cleaning is able to provideservices nationally and understandthe vital importance of clean andrespectable establishments. We believethat places that are clean and cared formake an enormous difference to thepride and image of an organisation.Servest Hygiene is one of the largestsuppliers of integrated washroomservices, equipment sales, pest controland deep cleaning in South Africa. Withover two decades of experience inproviding a complete hygiene solution,we are driven to deliver a service thatis not only cost effective but sets thebenchmark for service excellence andprofessionalism in our field.In addition, we maintain our leadingedge by staying abreast of internationaltechnological advances in productsand services. Servest Hygiene importproducts directly from our worldwidesupplier network and with a well-developed distribution infrastructurewe are able to supply products andprovisional services to a vast range ofcustomers across South Africa.When you choose Servest Hygieneyou not only choose a service, buta complete service solution for allyour hygiene requirements. ServestHygiene offers dependable service andexclusive products that will exceedexpectation, and with our dedicatedCustomer Care line and customer carecenter we attend to our customersneeds promptly and efficiently.Servest Hygiene is committed tohygiene and service standards becausematters of hygiene are essential fora healthy business, healthy staff andhealthy customers. Interiors come alive when the ServestOffice Plants arrive…. With our staffbeing people’s people and passionateabout the interior plantscaping industry,we love to engage with our clientsin any combination of being artists,designers and horticulturalists. Ourprofessional plantscaping expertise
  • 158. Best of South Africa158helps to effectively breathe green lifeinto office spaces which is one of themost sensible and cost-effective waysto rejuvenate corporate interiors.Plantscaping or interior landscapingreally defines the design, arrangementand care of living plants within a closedenvironment. As buildings are made upof lines, shapes, spaces, angles anddepths of field that can be emphasised,detracted from, and completelytransformed with the use of containersand plants. Generally colorful andtextured containers are used to createfocal points in otherwise boring orunattractive rooms. The before andafter transformations are astounding,and it is immediately evident how muchthe no-fuss addition of a well thoughtout plant design can facelift any spaceand make it come to life. Aside fromaesthetics, plants within the office haveother major benefits.Workplace research has provenhealthy plants create a tranquilatmosphere that increases workerproductivity. If the plant is thrivingindoors at the office, we feel as thoughwe are thriving too. Plants also displaceambient noise, provide fresh oxygenwithin the closed environment (whichimproves concentration); they reducedust and improve client perceptions ofthe office and the business as a whole.Plantscaping projects can rangefrom single standing pots with large,indigenous succulents to whole flowerbeds built inside malls or hotels. Whilethese are obviously designed differentlyfor their specific contexts, the key issueof maintaining the health of the plantsapplies to all scenarios.As plantscapers we take majorpride in caring for plants that havebeen installed into interiors. Consistentservicing to monitor plant health andclient satisfaction is exceptionallyimportant to us, as the happinessof the plants will directly affect thehappiness of those who work aroundthem. Servest Office Plants are expertson plant health and don’t expect theirclients to know the signs of a failingplant, how to prune, keep pests awayin an environmentally caring way orbe clued up on any other number ofhorticultural concerns. That’s our joband they love doing it.In keeping with our commitment tosustainable living, our supply of filteredhot or cold purified water to businesseswas the natural way to go in terms ofour service offering.With various options to suit everybusiness, our selection of eitherfreestanding units or water fountainsfor opens areas, conference rooms orgeneral offices makes Servest the No.1choice for water.Our advanced filters removechorine, organic chemicals andunpleasant tastes and odours as wellas adding minerals to the purifiedwater. Units are either rented orowned. Our service includes monthlyinspections with defective componentseither repaired or replaced at noextra cost. A further benefit is thereplacement of the complete filtersystem once a year or when necessaryat no extra cost.Saving you valuable time, let theexpert do the job for you.Servest Landscaping offers a holisticrange of professional, comprehensivehorticultural services to Hotels,Office Parks, Casinos, HousingEstates, Residential Buildings,Retail Establishments, ShoppingCentres, Wine Estates, EducationalFacilities, Parliament and GovernmentInstitutions, Mines and IndustrialComplexes throughout South Africa.Our services range from planningand implementing landscapes tothe maintenance of these facilities,including the recycling of organicwaste. On our Industrial and Miningsites this service extends to assetprotection, undertaken by cutting ofservitudes, fire breaks and fence linesto prevent damage to assets withinthese areas, from amongst others, firedamage and plant encroachment. We
  • 159. Best of South Africa 159recently extended this Asset Protectionand Grounds Maintenance service toinclude Industrial Grounds Cleaning,where we clear up spills alongconveyor belt operations, where thegoal is both cleanliness and resourcerecovery.We use modern techniquesthat not only fulfill aesthetic andfunctional needs within a costeffective framework, but are alsoenvironmentally friendly. With over 20years experience providing landscapingservices, we also understand the needfor the rehabilitation and managementof certain fragile and or criticalenvironments throughout South Africa.Essentially, there are two phases toour landscaping service. The first beingconstruction - which includes anythingfrom residential estates to office parks,hard landscaping including paving,water features and soft landscapingsuch as planting and irrigationinstallation. Secondly, we maintaineverything that has been installed.At Servest Landscaping theinstallation of an environment is notthe end of our task. The maintenanceof any landscape is just as essential.This philosophy together with speed,reliability and sound horticulturalpractices has been the cornerstonein establishing a diverse client basethat range from those in educationalfacilities and the hotel and leisuresector to environmental managementand commercial and industrial sectors.Servest Landscaping’s skills baseincludes a range of specialists fromengineers and project managersto horticulturalists. We have an in-house design team for the design andimplementation of new landscapingprojects and the upgrading of existingenvironments. We also provide allthe machinery and equipment tobuild and maintain these landscapes,ranging from small push mowers usedat our Commercial Clients, to Large6-Wheeled Tip-Trucks and Front EndLoaders with our Mining clients. Toprovide consistent service delivery, ourin-house engineering and workshopdepartments service all our machineryand vehicles.Tu r fServest Turf is a leader in themaintenance and construction of golfcourses and sporting facilities andprovides world-class turf solutions,maintaining and constructing cricketpitches, soccer fields, rugby fields,bowling greens and golf coursesnationally. Projects include theprestigious Metropolitan Golf Courseand a number of soccer fields forthe 2010 Soccer World Cup, namelythe Moses Mabhida Stadium inDurban, the Peter Mokaba Stadiumin Polokwane, the Orlando Stadium inSoweto and the Mbombela Stadiumin Nelspruit. We also constructed15 pitches that we used as PracticePitches and VSTS for the 2010 SoccerWorld Cup.By employing specialists suchas soil scientists, horticulturalists,engineers and turf grass managerswho work as a team, Servest Turf areable to ensure world class playingsurfaces. Our range of machinery andheavy equipment is serviced in ourspecialised workshops to maintain thehighest possible standards as well aslimit downtime. There is also the addedbenefit of a close working relationshipwith Servest Landscaping in orderto provide clients with long termmaintenance solutions on landscapeprojects.Servest Turf, in consortium withDesso Sports Systems and PlatinumSport Consulting was fortunate inbeing awarded 19 of the 27 sites forthe construction of Clubhouse andChange Room Facilities and ArtificialSoccer Turf for the FIFA Post WorldCup Legacy Project Phase 2.The 19 sites awarded are in the ruralareas of South Africa.  Of the 19 sites,6 pitches were built in the first phaseof the Legacy Project.  These siteswere given clubhouse with or withoutchange room Facilities. The remaining13 sites were to have both the artificialfootball pitch and the clubhouse withor without change room facilities. TheLegacy project will be completed bymid-September 2011.The sites we worked on are as follows:• Volksrust• Beaufort West• Numbi• Louis Trichardt• Rabali• Westonaria• Queenstown• Britstown• Edenburg• Kroonstad• Worcester• Somerset East• Springbok
  • 160. Best of South Africa160Our national footprint is your assurancethat where ever you need a reliablesecurity service, Servest Security isthere for you. Servest Security hasbranches across the country with majorrepresentation in the Western Cape,KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.As part of the Servest Group,a reputable and well establishedorganisation that provides multi-servicesolutions inluding cleaning, hygiene,interior and exterior landscaping andsecurity to clients throughout SouthAfrica and in the United Kingdom.With the implementation ofthis multi-disciplined approach,Servest Security sets new industrystandards, offering clients a seamless,professional and highly effectivesecurity solution.Servest Security provides a holisitcsecurity solution with the integrationof guarding supported by hi-techelectronic access control, surveillancesystems and off-site monitoring.Servest Security has specialiseddivisions that provide industry specificsecurity solutions. Each division ismanaged by a team of professionalswho are skilled and trained in theidentification and implementationof solutions that are unique to thatindustry and the market requiringsecurity solutions.Servest Security’s uniqueunderstanding and approach toproviding safe, reliable and efficientmeans of protecting people and theirassets has made Servest Security theservice provider of choice to manyof South Africa’s major industries.We service large shopping centres;leisure and gaming resorts; medicaland educational facilities, corporateoffice parks and harbour, marine andshipping facilities. With the integrationof technologically advanced accesscontrol systems and manpower,Servest Security also secures manyprestigious resisdential estates acrossSouth Africa.With the retail, corporate andleisure environment, our BusinessImprovement District and ParkingManagement divisions provide acomprehensive and professionalinfrastructure of services such asguarding, vehcile and foot patrols,armed response, parking managementand traffic marshalling. With the largest“Pay on Foot Parking” operation in thecountry, we are able to dovetail theseservices, share resources and createsynergies resulting in a well run revenuegenerating environment.Servest Security has longstandingand established client relationshipsnationally, our Operational Teamsin all regions work closely with lawenforcement and Business AgainstCrime. Through continual up-datesand networking initiatives we areable to offer our national client basea professional and efficient securityservice giving our clients a significantadvantage through the collective questto eradicate crime.Result-based security solutionsdelivered with integrity, experienceand professionalism makes ServestSecurity a leader in the industry.P a r k i n gParking Management and cashcollection is essential within specialistsectors such as retail. Servest Parkingoffers a comprehensive solution toparking management from consultancyand design, through to total end-to-endmanagement. Our approach deliversan efficient, transparent parking servicedesigned to maximise efficiency at alllevels.Servest Parking, originally PropertyProtection Management Group (PPM)has over a decade of experienceand is a leader in comprehensive riskmanagement services for institutionaland other major property owners.Our success lies our ability to provideparking solutions tailored to theparticular needs of our clients withunique synergies.Our Parking Division manages allparking facilities offering traffic controlby skilled marshals, management
  • 161. Best of South Africa 161and manning of pay stations, efficientand transparent cash collection,reconciliation and banking.Our innovative approach deliverseconomies of scale that substantiallyreduce the cost of services and at thesame time improves both efficiencyand effectiveness. In addition, theintegration of the parking function intosecurity management entails efficientcontrol and security of the entireprocess.Speedy and efficient reportingis provided by our easy onlinedocumentation system - makingextensive use the internet to transferinformation between client parkingsites and our head office.Servest Turf has a maintenanceteam that maintains artificial turfsurfaces, with the latest technologyavailable and work with leadingmanufacturers in Europe to ensure thatclients get an unrivalled product whichis certified by FIFA and FIH.M a r i n eServest Marine has over 15 yearsexperience in providing reliable qualityOffshore Launch and dedicated MarineTransport Services to the marineindustry. Servest Marine providesthese niche services to vessels passingthe ports of Cape Town, Durban andRichards Bay.transit to domestic flights to meet theirvessel.We provide professional and marketleading solutions to the marine industry.Servest Marine has manylongstanding and established clientrelationships and our Operations Desksin each branch works closely with allstakeholders to ensure a professionaland efficient service is enjoyed by ourclients.Servest Connect 0860 22 55 84Email info@servest.co.zawww.servest.co.zaServest Marine provides dedicatedoffshore launch supply to vesselspassing off port limits. Vessels are meton arrival, and by not having to enterport, they avoid expensive port costs,save time and minimise the diversionand delay from their transit voyage.Our service offering includes:Our vessels are capable of providinga wide range of offshore servicessuch as offshore supply, towingand salvage for vessels in distress,diving tenders for hull cleaning andunderwater surveys, contract serviceson offshore construction and pipelinesand launches for logistic supplies tooffshore rigs and mining vessels.A wide range of cargo and itemscan be transported including: Officialdocuments, Relief crew, Air freightedship spares, Marine grade oils andother lubricants, fresh water, Shipstores, fruit and vegetables, and anyother urgent requirementsServices for crew include ServestTransfers which is a dedicated pointto point transfer service for foreignmariners as well as a “Meet and Assist”service at Johannesburg’s OR Tamboairport to assist foreign crew who
  • 162. Best of South Africa162MvelaserveProtea Coin SecurityProtea Coin, with a total workforce ofover 16000 employees, is the leadingprovider of integrated risk solutions tovarious industry sectors throughoutSouth Africa. The company, throughits seventeen specialised divisionsprovides inter-alia Assets-in-Transit,manned guarding, cargo riskmanagement and technology securitysolutions. It is the largest securityservices provider to the miningindustry and the recognised marketleader in assets-in-transit servicesin South Africa. The companyhas a national control room and aspecialised training facility.Tel: +27 12 665 8000www.proteacoin.co.zaTFMCTFMC is the largest facilitiesmanagement company in SouthAfrica, providing integrated facilitiesmanagement solutions thatminimise costs through forwardlooking performance based risk andmaintenance strategies with a fullspectrum of planned and reactiveservices. The company providesengineering, project and propertyasset management including facilitysupport services. To ensure 24hour customer service, TFMC hasa centralised control room and callcentre.Tel: +27 12 641 8000www.tfmc.co.zaRoyalServe CleaningWith a 12000 staff compliment,RoyalServe Cleaning is one of theleading cleaning services providersin South Africa. The company hasthree specialist divisions, namelyHealthcare, Commercial and Hygieneto cater for the commercial, retail,educational, corporate, automotive,industrial, mining, government andhospitality sectors. It further provideshighly specialised cleaning services ona national basis to hospitals, clinics,doctor’s rooms, frail care and retirementcentres and offers hygiene solutionswith state of the art equipment tofulfil the consideration of both theenvironment and clients.Tel: +27 10 223 3600www.royalserve.co.zaRoyalMnandiRoyalMnandi is a specialisedoutsourced catering company operatingin the food services sector in SouthAfrica. It enjoys the fifth largest marketshare in the country, RoyalMnandioffers clients an all-inclusive completefood service solution. Its capabilities
  • 163. Best of South Africa 163have been developed through years ofexperience in providing fundamentalcatering solutions. RoyalMnandioperates in the following sectors:Commercial (corporate offices’ industryand Education), Healthcare, Mining andRemote sites and the Public sector.Tel: +27 12 001 7160www.royalmnandi.co.zaKhusetiKhuseti is the franchisor of the KingPie brand and the manufacturer ofthe King Pie product range. There areapproximately three hundred King Pieoutlets throughout Southern Africa.Khuseti boasts a newly built state-of-the-art, semi mechanised manufacturingfacility in Midrand, which distributespies to the franchise stores and selectedretail outlets around the country.Tel: +27 11 564 9700www.kingpie.co.zaZonkeZonke is the exclusive provider ofmonitoring services for Limited Pay-out Machines industry in South Africa.The function is performed on behalfof the National Gambling Board andthe Provincial Gambling Boards. Allthe technologies utilised for collectingdata from the gambling machines andthe applications are solely provided byZonke Monitoring Systems.Tel: +27 11 880 1000www.zonkems.co.zaSA WaterSA Water is a provider of advancedwater treatment solutions. The companyspecialises in turnkey solutions thatinvolve designing, manufacturing,commissioning, testing as well as themaintenance and operations of watertreatment solutions. SA Water targetstheir solutions at the Government,Mining and Industrial sectors.Tel: +27 12 665 4113www.sawater.co.zaCircle ICT SolutionsCircle ICT is an IT support solutionscompany with specialities in hostingapplications development andhardware supply. The company offersa wide range of services such as:advanced infrastructure support; ITprocurement; website development;software development; IT consulting;server and network support; SymantecEndpoint Security, SymantecNetBackup, Symantec Enterprise Vaultand backup applications advancedsupport; systems monitoring; datacentre hosting; system design andmaintenance; IT project managementand IT compliance.Tel: + 27 12 001 7050Stamford SalesStamford Sales is a packaging anddistribution specialist focusing on theprocurement, warehousing, sales anddistribution of packaging material,groceries and frozen food productsoperating in the retail and foodpreparation sector of the market.Tel: +27 10 001 9500www.stamfordsales.co.zaVelocityVelocity offers a superior solution toalternative road rehabilitation methods.The Velocity methodology is expedientand cost effective, addressing potholesand road surface defects based on overtwenty years of international productresearch and experience. The uniqueVelocity machines, the complementarytechnology and the highly trainedpersonnel have all been adapted tocomplement the South African roadinfrastructure.Tel: +27 12 001 7086www.velocitypatching.co.zaLTP Mast and Infrastructure ServicesLTP provides preventative,scheduled and emergency mast andinfrastructure maintenance within thetelecommunications industry. It furthersupplies, operates and maintainsgenerators to various clients acrossSouth Africa.Tel: +27 12 666 8036 www.mvelaserve.co.za
  • 164. Best of South Africa164Printacom TechnologiesPrintacom Technologies is the authorised importer of OKI, TallyGenicom and DascomPrinter products, consumables and spares in Sub Saharan Africa.The company is a member of the MBTechnologies Group, southern Africa’sleading black-owned IT distributiongroup and as such has established asolid presence in the market over thepast 15 years it has been in operation.The company’s philosophy revolvesaround offering the latest printingtechnologies, at competitive prices,backed by industry-leading serviceand support.The three brands represented byPrintacom provide it with the ability tooffer the market a complete printingsolution that covers practically anyneed, from general office automationthrough to high-volume dot matrixprinters and barcode printers.
  • 165. Best of South Africa 165Printacom’s reseller network iscomprehensive and reaches outside ofSouth African borders into many Africancountries such as Botswana, Swaziland,Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique,Namibia, Angola, Lesotho, Tanzania,Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia,Nigeria and Mauritius, both directly andas a joint venture with its distributors.Brands representedPrintacom Technologies strategy withregards to the brands and productsit has associated itself with revolvesaround providing a solution to everycustomers printing requirements,regardless of the size of company,vertical market it participates in or whatkinds of technology best suits its needs.As such, it has worked itself intoan enviable position in the market,representing three of the top printingbrands in the world.OKI Printing SolutionsOKI is a global business-to-businessbrand dedicated to creating professionalprinted communications, products,applications and services, with the goalof increasing the efficiency of today’sbusinesses.The company’s range of offeringsincludes printer, fax and multi-functionalproducts that deliver incredibleperformance, quality and reliability.Johannesburg I Tel +27 11 531 2800 Fax +27 11 531 2700 32 Milkyway Avenue,Linbro Business Park, Frankenwald, Gauteng. PO Box 5763 Rivonia, 2128Cape Town I Tel +27 21 527 3900 Platinum Park, 2 Platinum Crescent, Milnerton, 7441Durban I Tel +27 31 535 6990 Villa Avant Garde, 96 Armstrong Avenue, La Lucia Ridge www.printacom.co.zaOKI PRINTERS: WITH A STANDARD3 YEAR ON-SITE WARRANTY FORSOUTH AFRICA AND A 3 YEARCARRY-IN WARRANTY IN SELECTEDAFRICAN COUNTRIESDASCOM PRINTERS: WITH A STANDARDONE YEAR CARRY-IN WARRANTYTALLY PRINTERS: WITH A STANDARDONE YEAR CARRY-IN WARRANTY1YEAR WARRANTYYEARWARRANTY1YEAR WARRANTYYEARWARRANTY3YEAR WARRANTYYEARWARRANTYTallyGenicomWith the US-based brand Printronix’s acquisitionof TallyGenicom in February of 2009, PrintacomTechnologies became an authorised distributor ofTallyGenicom’s range of printers for sub-SaharanAfrica.Tally’s full range of impact and laser printers, includeline matrix, serial matrix, monochrome laser andcolour laser.DascomDASCOM is a private conglomerate that wasfounded in 1988 and is situated in Hong Kong.The business develops, manufactures and providesenterprise printing solutions. DASCOM manufactureand market the strongest range of dot matrix,passbook, flatbed, mobile and thermal printers.
  • 166. Best of South Africa166dg StoreDoing Digital Differently.approach to its market some 12years ago, it represented somethingof a corporate IT paradigm shift.Instead of trying to find waysof fitting existing IT solutions todynamic organisational needs, dgStore took the opposite approach,”says CEO, Shaun Quarmby, “by firstgaining a full understanding of theneed, and then sourcing or evendeveloping the ideal solution thatwould enable our clients to transformtheir IT processes, systems andinfrastructure to become an effectivedriver of their business objectives.”It’s a solutions-driven approachthat proved highly successful then,and continues to deliver results –both for dg Store and its clients– today. And while the dg Storeoffering has grown significantly overthe past ten years – to the point thatit now includes everything from end-user devices to servers, storage,networks and data centres - Theservice driven, solutions-basedphilosophy remains the same.Since its establishment over adecade ago, Digital GenerationStore (dg Store) has beentransforming the landscape of ITlifecycle management through itsinnovative and absolutely service-driven approach to the provision oftechnology products, services andsolutions to private and public sectororganisations.Founded in 1999 with a vision ofdoing digital differently, dg Storehas never waivered from its uniqueapproach that combines a clearunderstanding of organisationaltechnology requirements withthe ability to deliver appropriate,affordable IT solutions underpinnedby consistently excellent service.“When dg Store first introduced this
  • 167. Best of South Africa 167A closer look at what dg Storeoffers…Based on our belief that whilebusinesses differ in size and nature,they are bound by the commongoal of constantly improving theirperformance and results, dg Storeoffers customised assistance andsolutions to help them achieve thisgoal.Building on our many yearsof experience in world-class ITsolutions, we offer far more thanjust a broad spectrum of hardwareand software tailored to our clients’exact business requirements andstrategic objectives – we becomevaluable technology enablement andfulfilment partners to our clients, sothat their success is ultimately oursuccess.The solutions and services weoffer in realising this business modelinclude, but are certainly not limitedto:Procurement Services - Frommanaging the entire process ofsourcing and procuring hardware,software and peripheral devices onbehalf of our clients, to overseeingOEM relationships, maintainingprocured infrastructure, and ensuringtotal procurement control viaaccurate Management InformationSystems Reporting, dg Store isa valuable and highly responsiveprocurement partner to all its clients.Logistics & Asset Managementdg Store offers extensive andcomprehensive logistics and assetmanagement services, from on-site or off-site warehousing, goodsdelivery, imaging and/or labelling ofhardware assets, and infrastructureroll-out project management tosoftware implementation and serialnumber tracking.Reverse Logistics - dg Store offersa unique reverse logistics solutionthat removes and redistributes ITTel: + 27 11 312 0374Tel: + 27 21 504 7728E-mail: info@dgstore.co.zawww.dgstore.co.zaproducts in a way that maximisestheir lifetime value and ensuresefficient inventory control. Disposalmethods include returning assetsto inventory pools or to suppliers,warehousing and redeployment,sales on secondary markets, ordonations to worthy causes as partof social investment programmes.Warehousing - With an establishedreputation for excellence, dg Store’swarehousing facilities are truly worldclass and comfortably accommodatemulti and single users across SouthAfrica. All warehousing solutionsare independently negotiated witheach client and include accessto the expertise and advice of dgStore’s experienced warehousingprofessionals.Enterprise and StorageTechnologies – By combiningour knowledge of technology andour understanding of businessrequirements, dg Store is able tooffer a range of enterprise solutionsranging from client devices to datacentres. And thanks to dg Store’swealth of experience in virtualisationand storage technologies, we caneffectively and seamlessly integratetechnologies to tailor optimalsolutions for any business.…and how we offer itWhile our business is partneringwith our clients to deliver leading ITsolutions, products and services, thetrue measure of our success is theextent to which these solutions enablethe success of our clients. To this end,dg Store’s business model is builton a values-driven, people-centredphilosophy that prizes integrity,professionalism, innovation, passionand an absolute commitment tobrilliant customer service.We proactively seek out businesspartners and suppliers that mirror andsupport this approach, and we striveat all times to develop our diverseemployees into the talented industryleaders that will take our business,and the businesses of our clients toever higher levels of success.All of which, translates intosignificant, tangible and sustainablebenefits for our many satisfied clientswho, after all, are the reason for ourexistence and have been at the heartof the success of dg Store over thepast decade.
  • 168. Best of South Africa168PUTCO LimitedA member of the Larimar Group, PUTCO turned 65 earlier this year – making it oneof the most distinguished bus companies operating in South Africa today. Since itsestablishment in 1945, PUTCO has towered above the rest in the industry with theirnotably stylish commuter buses and luxury coaches.OperationPUTCO operates 2000 buses,transporting more than 230 000passengers daily in Mpumalanga,Gauteng and Limpopo – travellingover 90 million km per annum.PUTCO has Joint ventures withemerging bus operators (LekoaTransport Trust, Ipelegeng TransportTrust and Asibemonye TransportTrust). With a strong establishedbrand, we have begun bus operationin Mozambique with the creationof Putco Mozambiqua Limitada,operating buses from Maputo to Xai-xai, Inyambane, Chokwe and Masinga.Corporate governanceThe directors of PUTCO deemcorporate governance to be vitallyimportant and are unreservedlycommitted to applying the principlesnecessary to ensure that goodcorporate governance is practiced.These principles include integrity,transparency and accountability of thedirectors to all stakeholders.Broad-Based Black EconomicEmpowermentPUTCO Ltd. employs more than5000 employees and supportsthe Government Black EconomicEmpowerment Strategy that outlinesthe transformation imperatives for oureconomy. Our Broad-Based BlackEconomic Empowerment (BBBEE)transaction launched in September2006 is based on the BEE Code ofGood Practice.The transaction addresses allkey elements of the Code of GoodPractice, namely: Ownership,Management, Employment Equity,Skills Development, Procurement,Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development.PUTCO Board of DirectorsThe Board has been restructuredin line with the BEE scheme andBEE Code of Good Practice. Thenew Board comprises of 50% blackdirectors, 30% of which are blackfemale.PUTCO Executive ManagementNearly 40% of PUTCO topmanagement posts are held by blackexecutives and 60% of Putco depotmanagers are black. PUTCO obtained71, 30% on the 2009 Generic BEEScore Card.
  • 169. Best of South Africa 169Commuter busesPUTCO has recently introduced newEuro Rider Iveco buses into its fleet– which prides our passengers. EuroRider Iveco features:• The body incorporates ‘pop-inslide’ – when closed gives effectthat bonded windows are onepiece -first of its kind in SouthAfrica.• The roof structure is a one-piecefibreglass• The passenger door has a singlebonded glass panel per door withan ‘in-swing’.• Unique front and rear sub-assembly structure compares wellwith world class standards.Luxury busesPUTCO has ventured into the tourismmarket with the introduction of FiveStar Luxury Coaches:• 48-seaters;• recliner seats;• onboard entertainment and publicaddress system;• two TV monitors;• kitchenette;• bar fridge;• onboard assistance;• climatic controlled air conditioningand heating system;• driver resting area.PUTCO Corporate SocialInvestmentThrough the PUTCO CSI Foundation,PUTCO Limited in Time Perspective1945: Public Utility Transport Corporation founded by Jack Bird Barregarand listed on JSE with issued share capital of 810 000.1949: PUTCO placed under Judicial Management.1952: Capital of company restructured and company taken out of JudicialManagement.1953: PUTCO pioneers aptitude tests for applicant drivers.1954: Introduction of advertising space on the sides of the buses.1957: PUTCO’s increase of fares by one penny to meet commitmentsresults in famous penny strike lasting three months.1959: PUTCO expands into Durban.1961: Leyland Motor Corporation acquires a controlling interest in thecompany.1962: PUTCO acquires Edenvale Bus Service from the Carleo.1968: Carleo sells remaining bus operations to PUTCO – includes Rand BusLines and Evaton Passenger Services.1971: Carleo Enterprises acquires 51, 6% of PUTCO.1972: PUTCO formally changes its name from Public Utility TransportCorporation to PUTCO Limited.1973: Albino Carleo takes over driving seat as Managing Director ofPUTCO.1978: PUTCO acquires African Bus Service from United Transport in bittercorporate battle.1982: The PUTCO Foundation formed to assist social upliftment ofcommunities PUTCO serves.1983: PUTCO’s fleet peaks at 3440 buses travelling 156 million km a year,carrying 353 million passengers a year.1986: Mrs. Marina Maponya the first black person to be appointed as aDirector of the company.1991: Disastrous impact of the taxi industry and PUTCO’s fleet reduces to2500 carrying 120 million passengers a year.1994: Passengers drop to 82 million and fleet to 2 280. Profits increasesignificantly to R17, 6 million.1997: PUTCO withdraws from Durban after suffering considerable losses inthat region.1998: PUTCO’s first joint venture operation with a black partner, Valuader(Pty) Limited (Vaal) – the first of a number of joint ventures. LekoaTransport Trust established.1999: Ipelegeng Transport Trust established.2002: Nathi Khena becomes first black Managing Director of the company.Asibemunye Transport Trust established.2002: PUTCO manufactures special access buses designed in consultationwith organisations for people with disabilities.2004: Mr. Albino Carleo and a number of the board retire after serving manyyears and new board structured with Franco Pisapia, a nephew ofAlbino Carleo, as Managing Director.2005: After being listed on the JSE Securities Exchange for sixty yearsPUTCO delists to enable empowerment partnerships.2006: Important milestone in history of transport industry as PUTCOcompletes a Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE)scheme, empowering more than 3300 employees.2010: PUTCO wins FOCUS on Excellence Award in the category of BestBus Operator.
  • 170. Best of South Africa170 Best of South Africa170our current instructors and areinvestigating the possibility of usingindependent assessors of new driversbefore they are confirmed, as well asincreasing the driving probation timefrom six to eight weeks.Every bus driver must performa pre-trip and post-trip inspectionon the bus to check that the vehicleis in good condition and report anydefect on the bus. An external visualinspection is performed by the securityand workshop personnel at the gateon every entry and exit at the depot.This checklist inspection covers bustyres and includes checks such as fireextinguishers and reflector triangles.Any damage or problem is reported tothe workshop to be rectified.Preventative MaintenanceProgrammeWe follow a scientifically designedpreventative maintenance programme• Vaal University of Technology;• University of Johannesburg;• Star School Matric rewriteprogramme at Wits.Bus Safety Programme – SaferDriving TechniquesPUTCO developed a bus safetyprogramme to help contribute tothe alleviation of accidents on ourcountry’s roads and is reviewed on aregular basis to assess efficiency.We have also introduced a majorrefresher programme of interventionwhich rehabilitates drivers involved inaccidents. The emphasis is on saferdriving techniques and is competency-based training.We are recalling all drivers everytwo years for reassessment andretraining. Senior drivers are alsocalled upon to mentor new drivers.To increase our safety standardswe provide ongoing training tofunds, grants, donations and assetsare provided to deserving projectsin areas in which PUTCO operates.The PUTCO CSI Foundation investsin projects aimed at improving social,environmental and human rightsconditions in communities. It focuseson areas that address educationand skills development, job creation,poverty relief, sports and recreationalprogrammes.Some of the organisations andinstitutions which benefited from thePUTCO CSI Foundation are:• SOS Children’s Village inEnnerdale;• Investment of 13 vehicles tothe Road Safety initiative inMpumalanga, Gauteng andCullinan;• Hospices in Soweto, Mamelodiand Soshanguve;• Community initiatives in Tshwane,Mpumalanga and Vaal area;• SAFA Soweto under-15 SoccerTournament;• H.A Jack Primary School;• Bursaries were provided tostudents at institutions such as:• Medunsa;• University of Pretoria;• Tshwane University ofTechnology;
  • 171. Best of South Africa 171where vehicles go through a rangeof different inspections and servicesbased on set frequencies (time orkilometres). Buses are washed andrefuelled daily. Oil-water-tyre checksare conducted and defects reportedfor repair in the Running RepairSection of each workshop prior tobuses’ shift departure. NB: No buswith critical safety defect is allowed tooperate.Inspections and Services:A-Service: weekly safety inspection onall PUTCO buses• all critical safety componentschecked;• done according to a pre-defined76 pointchecklist completed andsigned off by a Vehicle Inspector,a foreman and the TechnicalManager;• any component found out of orderis immediately replaced or repairedbefore bus can operate.B- Service: after 10 000km• approximately one day tocomplete, done according to 117point checklist;• on completion, bus checkedby inspector and signed off byforeman and Technical Manager;• inter alia changing of lubricants,filters, and close inspection andrepair of mechanical, electrical andbody components;• brake test where the brakingcapacity of the bus is checked.C- Service: after 60 000km• major service completed in twodays;• done according to a 173 pointchecklist;• on completion, bus checkedby inspector and signed off byforeman and Technical Manager.• brake test where the brakingcapacity of the bus is checked.D- Service: after 120 000km• major service completed in threedays;• includes a B-Service andC-Service plus replacement ofcertain B-units;• done according to a 174 pointchecklist;• on completion, bus checkedby inspector and signed off byforeman and Technical Manager.• brake test where the brakingcapacity of the bus is checked.Driver of the Year CompetitionInitiated by the Department ofTransport as part of the Arrive AliveCampaign, the competition is aimedat developing skilled safety consciousdrivers who help reduce accidents onour roads. PUTCO drivers participateannually with the following successes:2006: Jacob Semelane came 2ndin the National Driver of the YearCompetition and represented SouthAfrica in the International Driver of theYear Competition.2008: Margaret Sibiya came 3rd inBest Female Driver in South Africaand was handed a R5000 chequeCall Centre: +27 83 919 4287www.putco.co.zaby Mr Jeff Radebe (former Ministerof Transport). Daniel Ntimene came1st in the male category in theGauteng Provincial Driver of theYear Competition – crowned overallwinner in the province with his scoreexceeding all others in the followingeight categories: Bus male & female,Rigid truck, Four-wheel truck & trailer,Articulated truck, Novice under 24years and 3.5 Tonner truck.Annual FOCUS AwardsPUTCO Limited was voted the bestcommuter bus operator in SouthAfrica at the 2010 FOCUS Transportand Logistics Awards.VisionTo grow and develop into the leadingtransport company in South AfricaBrand promisePUTCO: Your Transport Friend
  • 172. Best of South Africa172Chapter 8Entrepreneurship
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  • 174. Best of South Africa174The Entrepreneur of the Year Awardsis about celebrating entrepreneursand creates a platform to giveacknowledgement and recognition tothe unsung heroes of our economy,the successful entrepreneurs, for theirvision, innovation, perseverance, driveand commitment to their enterprises.This year saw the competitiongrowing in leaps and bounds towardsbecoming the premier competition forentrepreneurs in South Africa.It’s a known fact that small andmedium businesses are the engineof wealth creation, job facilitation andpoverty alleviation.Therefore it is imperative that thoseof us who can, should indeed do whatwe can to encourage and support ourcountry’s entrepreneurs.During 2011 the EOY awardscompetition reached new heights interms of more categories – thereforemore winners – more entries and moreprizes. Two further categories viz. JobCreator Entrepreneur of the Year andInnovator Entrepreneur of the Yearwere introduced – adding a twist to thejudging process.It is now 23 years since the launchof the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.Through its partners, Sanlam andBusiness Partners Limited new heightswere achieved by also empoweringexisting and aspiring entrepreneursthrough a suite of services andresources such as topical workshops,newsletters, business diagnostics,advice and financing your business.We are striving to create a culture ofgrowth, perseverance, leadership,innovation, tenacity, drive, agility,commitment, endurance, diligence andenthusiasm amongst all entrepreneursfor the better of our country.Marc Sternberg’s idea sparkedsuccessWinner: Entrepreneur of theYear® 2011Like every good story, it has to beginsomewhere and for Marc Sternberg,it all began in the land down under –Sydney, Australia, where Marc livedwith his wife Tanya. “We were on a visitto Cape Town in 2005, when I was at arestaurant with my family and could notfind an ATM nearby to draw cash,” saysMarc. “At the time, I was employed asgeneral manager for Vodafone Retailand my wife Tanya and I decidedto return to South Africa, but werecontemplating what to do business-wise when we returned.”Marc, whowas keen on starting his own business,was aware how sparse access to cashand banking services were in SouthAfrica, and how big convenience ATMsare in developed countries such asAustralia and the USA.“I set about researching theconvenience ATM market and thenproceeded to travel the world; speakingto ATM deployers, researchinghardware suppliers, systems, switches,
  • 175. Best of South Africa 175banks, and all aspects related tosetting up a convenience ATM networkin South Africa,” he explains.The two most important businesspartners that Marc secured for thecompany were Chungho Comnet CoLtd in Korea as the hardware supplier,and Capitec Bank as the bankingpartner. Back then, it was still earlydays for Capitec who have only justgrown to be a force to be reckonedwith in the South African bankingworld – just as Spark has grown inthe merchant-filled ATM market. “Ipersuaded investment banker RusselBerman to come on board as salesdirector, and we started trading.Spark grew fast as customers andpotential customers soon realisedwhat an important gap in the marketour ATMs were filling, and the benefitsthe product and concept offeredmerchants,” Marc shares. “Soonafter Spark’s inception, we employedtechnical manager, Dalton Jacobs, andsystems manager, Buks Hanekom;both of whom are still with thecompany today. Technical, financial,sales and support staff followedand Spark grew very quickly overthe last five years into the companyit is today – employing around 80staff across South Africa, and with afootprint of 1 500 merchant-filled ATMscountrywide.”According to Marc, passion, integrityand excellence are company valuesthat drive the business. The product,service and solution offering availablefrom Spark is certainly unique and fillsa gap in the local ATM market.“Giving access to cash and bankingservices to South Africans, often wherebanks do not, while at the same timebenefiting the merchants who hostthe ATMs, makes all of us at Sparkfeel great about what we do,” Marccomments. “Another big factor for usis the exceptional customer service weoffer. It has become something we arerenowned for.”Spark is the premier independentATM deployer in South Africa –selling, installing and maintainingworld-leading ATMs into the localmarket. Convenience ATMs havetaken the world by storm and todayare found just about anywhere; andSpark is proud to be at the forefrontof revolutionising the South AfricanATM industry. “Make sure you start orrun a business based on somethingyou are passionate about andnever forget to put your customersfirst,” Marc offers. Marc is deeplyhonoured to have won the overallEntrepreneur of the Year® Award andbelieves that entrepreneurs shouldbe celebrated, and entrepreneurshipdeveloped and nurtured in SouthAfrica. “I am passionate about the workentrepreneurs are doing to further theeconomic and social goals of SouthAfrica. The Entrepreneur of the Year®Award does not only belong to me. Italso belongs to my partner and goodfriend, Russel, and to our wonderfulstaff who make up the Spark family,as well as our customers, businesspartners and suppliers. You all makeSpark ATM Systems the incrediblecompany it is today,” he concludes.Troy Carelse: When opportunityknocks answer it!Winner: Medium CategoryFoaming Concepts is a manufacturingcompany that converts a productcalled flexible polyurethane, whichis used as a raw material to producepremium bedding, lounge suitesand office furniture. Started by CEOTroy Carelse in 2006, the company issituated in Wadeville, Johannesburg,and prides itself on qualityworkmanship, competitive pricing andlead time. ‘Foaming’ is attributed to thecore of the business’s manufacturingactivity and ‘Concepts’ refers to thebusiness’s innovative way of producingflexible polyurethane foam and themanner in which it services its clientele.Carelse studied towards adiploma in mechanical engineeringand holds a business managementdiploma from the Henley BusinessSchool (UK). A qualified fitter andturner, he has been in the industryfor approximately 13 years, and waspreviously employed as managingdirector at Loungefoam – a subsidiaryof Steinhoff Holdings International. “Ihad seen an opportunity in the marketthat had not been targeted i.e. supplyof flexible urethane to the independentmanufacturers of bedding and loungesuites, as I felt they were being heldransom by existing suppliers due to thecontrolling market,” he explains.
  • 176. Best of South Africa176“This meant that certain buyers offlexible urethane such as Restonic,Serta, Simmons, etc. previouslyhad to purchase this product fromVitafoam (a subsidiary of Steinhoff),and they also had to compete withcompanies such as Edblo and Sealy– also owned by Steinhoff. During mytime at Steinhoff, I had felt that thisarrangement was unfair and, when Isaw an opportunity to set up a foammanufacturing company to servicethese independents, I grabbed it.”According to Carelse, what makesFoaming Concepts unique in thisindustry is based on four importantfactors, namely:Price – Because of our low overheadstructure, we believe we can offer themost competitive price.Lead time – Even with this lean team,we still have the ability to servicecustomers within one to two dayperiods.Quality – Our quality of the product ison par with the latest in Europe as ourmanufacturing equipment has beensourced abroad.Innovation – We are actively involvedwith our customers by assisting themwith re-engineering of their productsand processes in order to achievebetter efficiencies and costs in theirbusinesses. “I firmly believe that in anysuccessful company, your key assetis the stakeholders that support youand the relationships that you havewith them. This includes employees,clients, suppliers and shareholders,” hereiterates.Staying motivatedCarelse is happily married to his wifeof 25 years, Ursula, and they have twosons: Dane and Grant.He creates a balance between hiscareer and personal life by alwayssetting aside time for his family whenreturning home from work. “Mybonding time includes activities suchas playing golf with my sons andsocialising with friends and family. Thestrength that I draw from my familysupport system is what motivates anddrives me.”“Looking at myself,” he continues,“my advice to other business ownersand entrepreneurs is the following:I think one has to be results drivenand therefore setting realistic andachievable goals is important. A goodbusiness plan is key to any successfulbusiness.” He goes on to mention thatdeveloping the skill of problem-solvingand decision-making will certainly leadto some success, as will the ability tocommunicate effectively.“Measuring and quantifying isvital – you cannot manage what youcannot measure – and good leadershipqualities are also a necessity. One hasto lead by example,” explains Carelse.“But over and above, I believe that agood value system such as honesty,accountability, commitment, loyaltyand a positive attitude, also contributestoward success.”Lenin Marula: Property Mogul shinesat EOY awardsWinner: Small CategoryTshidiso Lennin Marule, directorof Marule Property DevelopementHoldings, describes himself as“relentless”. With a hand in theproperty, construction and miningindustries, people might say that he’sbiting off more than he can chew. ButLennin doesn’t agree, and winning the2011 Entrepreneur of the Year® SmallBusiness Category Award is testimonyto his success.The old adage ‘behind everysuccessful man is a woman’ is notentirely correct. In the case of LenninMarule, his wife was anything butpleased when he announced that hewas quitting his well-paid job to startup a business. “She was nervous andrightfully so but she is happy now andsupports me fully,” he says.When Lennin started out in theentrepreneurial world, he proceededto buy up accommodation in Witbank,monopolising the area and evensecuring a deal with Eskom. “Themoney I received, I used to venture intoother businesses. For example, peoplehad mining rights but did not havethe finances to operate in the miningsector, so I invested in this industry.”Lennin has experience in both theproperty and construction industriesbut his vast knowledge was not spreadacross mining; and he currently hasexperienced people working for himon this aspect of the business. All hisbusinesses operate under the MaruleFamily Trust.The property game according toLennin is the driving force behindMarule Property DevelopmentHoldings’ ongoing success is theexceptionally stable core team ofdedicated professionals, most of whomhave more than 20 years experiencein their respective disciplines. Eachemployee is well-trained and has apassion for quality. Catering for awide range of property owners, bothlocal and provincial, the companyspecialises in the design and buildingof multi-storey residential properties.Situated in Witbank, the company isrenowned for its commitment to deliver
  • 177. Best of South Africa 177signature developments of high qualitythat deliver aboveaverage investmentreturns.In addition to construction, thecompany is involved in the sale andpurchase of development property.Where appropriate, specialiseddevelopment teams have beenset up to assist with the ongoingmarketing and sales of developmentopportunities.Marule is also venturing into thebuilding of hotels, guest houses, flats,commercial buildings and offices.“We are looking at expanding ouraccommodation base to Pretoria.With regard to the mining sector, itis a new investment and I will haveto analyse the turnover. But I havea good team that will help me toexpand. For now, there is a direneed for accommodation in Pretoria,Johannesburg and Polokwane, and Iwill be focusing my energies there.”Lennin has people employed tomonitor the accommodation sites everyday, especially buildings that housestudents. He has regular meetings withthe approximate 42 staff members inorder to remain hands-on. During thosemeetings, says Lennin, decisions aremade and the staff then goes back andimplements these decisions.Apart from concentrating solelyon the bottom line, Lennin and histeam are constantly involved in socialresponsibility initiatives and striveto make a valuable impact in thecommunity by donating funds to thelocal churches and welfare groups;availing the Villa Shalom Hall toresidents for church services; makingthe guest house available at no cost forchurch-related seminars and meetings;and donating toward school fees andfuneral services for Marule companyemployees.Accolades and accreditationsMarule has been a client of BusinessPartners for the past six years. Apartfrom winning the small category inthis year’s Entrepreneur of the Year®awards, Lennin was also nominatedby Business Partners as Entrepreneurof the Year® back in 2007. As winnerof the KZN/Mpumalanga region, heparticipated as one of the three finalistsand was named runnerup.In the same year, Lennin was alsothe recipient of the Old Mutual AHISmall Enterprise of the Year Award.The company is registered with theEstate Agent Affairs Board, the NationalHome Builders Registration Council(NHBRC) and the Construction IndustryDevelopment Board (cidb).Elian Wiener: An epic successWinner: Emerging CategoryWinner: Innovator CategoryFounded in 2009 and already rankedthe 7th largest public relations andcommunications company in SouthAfrica It’s comes as no surprise thatfounder and managing director ofEpic Communications, Elian Wiener,walked off with two coveted titles atthe 2011 Entrepreneur of the YearAwards: Emerging of the Year® andThe Innovation Award. Here’s how itall began…results driven and thereforesetting realistic and achievable goalsis important. A good business plan iskey to any successful business.” Hegoes on to mention that developingthe skill of problem-solving anddecision-making will certainly lead tosome success, as will the ability tocommunicate effectively.In less than three years, EpicCommunications went from a zeroclient base to currently more than 25retainer clients – the vast majority ofwhich are blue chip companies suchas Old Mutual, Aon, DuPont, NedgroupInvestments, and WesBank. “When Istarted Epic Communications, I knew itwas crucial to attract high quality staffif I was going to have any chance ofsecuring any major clients; all of whomare traditionally reluctant to outsourceto a one man show,” says Elian, who
  • 178. Best of South Africa178managed to grow the business to onethat now employs more than 20 staffin both Johannesburg and Cape Town.“The vast majority of public relationsagencies in South Africa focus onthe consumer sector i.e. restaurants,celebrities, FMCG, etc, while very fewhave the technical ability to be ableto provide communications servicesto companies looking to showcasetheir intellectual capital and positionthemselves as thought leaders to theirrespective target audiences.”But Elian, who had all the skillsand experience necessary to fill thisgap – thanks to his position as headof external communications at OldMutual – approached the market witha well-constructed business case andplenty of belief. A man on a mission,he then went on to seek out a few keypersonnel – all of whom are still withthe company and have benefited inmany ways, including financially.Pierre Conradie: Creatingopportunities in the face ofadversityWinner: Job Creator of the YearPierre Conradie, founder and director ofthe Alpha Group, was the recipient ofthe prestigious 2011 Job Creator of theYear Award at the annual Entrepreneurof the Year® awards ceremony.Creating employment for 1 200people in the rural area of Hluhluwe,KwaZulu-Natal, no one was moredeserving of the title.Pierre Conradie had a dream – heenvisioned a multi-faceted company25 years ago, the Alpha Group, whichencompasses Alpha Security andPatrols as the group’s core, since thiswas his longest-standing businesshaving been operational for more than11 years. Alpha is the first letter of thealphabet and, according to Pierre, noother name signified a better beginningfor the group.But the Alpha Group is not wherePierre’s entrepreneurial skills set in. Hewas always business-minded with hisfirst experience in entrepreneurshipstarting when he was just 8-years-oldselling fruit at school.“Never give up!” Pierre emphasises.“Never lose sight of the fact that youare as good as the people that work foryou, therefore surround yourself withpeople that are willing to go beyond thecall. “I have a diploma in Agriculture,completely unrelated to the securityindustry, but I will quote Sun Szuauthor of The Art of War when I say –leadership is a matter of intelligence.”Many companies claim to be a one-stop shop but none rings more truethan with Alpha Group.The company is a one-stop shop inits own right, servicing everyone in thesecurity arena ranging from householdsecurity to business security concepts,security solutions, monitoring,response and installations, andnationwide offsite video monitoringtracking services. The organisationprides itself on also being anintelligence collection company thatprovides Intel to various stakeholders.And if that isn’t enough, the grouphas the following on offer under itsumbrella:• Hluhluwe Arms & Ammo: a retailbusiness• Wetlands Engineering: a vibrantbusiness that provides variousengineering solutions, mainlyspecialising in the sale of fleet andother vehicles• CIS Investigation and SecurityServices: providing securitysolutions and services includingcash-in-transit• Intrax Investments: propertydevelopment in and around theHluhluwe area• Hluhluwe Properties: dealssolely with the sale and rentalof properties in and around theHluhluwe area“Over and above everything, whatmakes us unique is that we sourcethe right personnel, and we offertailor-made solutions,” Pierre explains.“And we are able to do this becauseeverything our clients’ need is housedunder one group.”Apart from beena successful businessman, Pierre isalso successful in his personal life,especially to have his wife, Sanet,support him in his entrepreneurialventure from the get-go. “I sold mywife’s car and used the proceeds tostart my first business,” he recalls.“What other wife would be thatunderstanding?”“I try to spend as much time aspossible with my wife and kids, PierreJunior and Dawie. We support thekids in all aspects they undertakeand always ensure that both of usor either one of us is present whenthey participate in any event.” Dadis also happy to mention that PierreJunior made the family proud when hewon the 2009 SA National Off-RoadMotorcycle Senior 85cc Championship.When asked how it felt to win thefirst-time ever Job Creator of YearAward, Pierre modestly replied: “It ishumbling to see how many people’slives are impacted by this groupof companies. I think that is whatentrepreneurship is all about – not justhelping yourself but also helping otherpeople.”Tel: +27 11 713 6600eoy@businesspartners.co.zawww.eoy.co.za
  • 179. Best of South Africa 179Grow Africa InitiativeA showcase and awareness platform for truly effectiveentrepreneurship, SME and skills developmentprograms in Southern Africa.The Grow Africa Initiative’s vision isto join together and showcase trulyeffective entrepreneurship, SMEand skills development programs,with the understanding that thecombined resources, momentumand energy will result in a “butterflyeffect” so as to make a substantialdifference in uplifting the people,economy, and social stability ofSouthern Africa.The Grow Africa Initiative willjoin hands with businesses, NGOsand government to communicate,create, and fast track solutions tofundamental economic challengeswe face in an ever widening gap inwealth creation and living standards,for the majority of our population.Background and rationaleThe importance of the role ofentrepreneurs and SMEs inthe economies of the world isundisputed. Governmental focus onthis sector is therefore essential foreconomic growth. One of the majorproblems facing new SMEs is theperennial problem of obtaining accessto credit from commercial banksand trade creditors thus falling shortof necessary financial resources.The survival rate of SMMEs inSouthern Africa therefore needs to beimproved.Key Focus AreasIn order to achieve a meaningfulcontribution to the economy, people,and communities of Southern Africa,the following key focus areas will beused as a basis for engaging projectsor initiatives.These outcomes will be reported interms of the below mentioned keyareas:• Entrepreneurship;• Small to Medium Enterprisedevelopment;• Job creation (incorporating skillstransfer, training and development);• Community development;• Southern African Exports and InterAfrican Trade.Given that the entrepreneurs andSMEs are responsible for 70% ofall new jobs created in the market,it is therefore important to take theSME or SMME market into accountwhen addressing the subject of jobcreation. We see the empowerment ofSMMEs as a dependable vehicle forGROW AFRICAI N I T I A T I V Ethe realisation of this goal. The GrowAfrica Initiatives will serve to supportentrepreneurship and SME programsthat bridge the gap in key areaswhich inhibit their growth, therebyaddressing the subject of job creation.Key Objectives:• Identify and showcase thestakeholders in entrepreneurshipand SME support;• Grow the resources pool tosupport entrepreneurship andSMEs;• Create measures to address keyentrepreneurship and SME supportareas;• Share knowledge and resources toenjoy the butterfly effect in makinga substantial difference to oureconomic and social stability;• Increase awareness significantlyto government and businessin Southern Africa about theimportance of these initiatives togrow the resource pool.www.GrowAfrica.info
  • 180. Best of South Africa180Viglietti Motors (Pty) LtdThis year, 2012 is very significant for one particular family as it marks the fortiethanniversary of their family business, Viglietti Motors (Pty) Ltd.The name is synonymous with two ofthe world’s most iconic brands Ferrariand Maserati in South Africa, two ofthe world’s most aspirational productsin the hands of a very inspirationalItalian family.It was in 1951 when Mario andOttavia Viglietti left northern Italy withtheir six children to start a new lifein what is now Tanzania. Mario wasto manage a farm in the north of thecountry but after ten hard years andwith the addition of five more childrenthe family decided to move to SouthAfrica.Johannesburg was the first stopwhere work was obtained and thechildren attended school. But in justthree years the Viglietti’s were to moveonce again, this time it would be theirlast. Cape Town was to be their new
  • 181. Best of South Africa 181home and for the first time the familypurchased their first house in Africa.The years of working on the farmhad brought new skills to everyone andit was a dream to create a family ownedautomotive business. All of the eldersons were already employed in the autoor allied fields and in late 1972 VigliettiMotors opened its doors for business at4 Nelson Street in Woodstock.For many years Viglietti Motorsspecialised in the repair and servicingof European brands such as MercedesBenz, Alfa Romeo and Lancia, andthe company became renownedfor the expertise and quality of theirworkmanship. In 1983 the businessmoved to new premises in MacKenzieStreet in Cape Town, where it issituated today.With the demise of the previousimporter Viglietti Motors entered intonegotiations and became the newimporters for Ferrari and Lancia in SA.Lancia ceased production of right handdrive cars and the brand was no longerimported, but in 1998 Viglietti Motorscommenced sales of Maserati.In the first decade of the 21stcentury the whole concept of businessas the family knew it was turned onits head, with Ferrari restructuring itbecame obvious that Viglietti Motorswould have to fall in with corporatepolicy from Italy. The day of theindependent dealership was gone andthe whole franchise became globalrather than national.It was during this time that thegeneral workshop was phased out andthree of the brothers retired leavingGabriele, Giuseppe, Ferdie and Carloto run the business. It was also obviousthat a financial partner would berequired to allow the company to grow.Mvelaphanda Holdings Group foundedby Tokyo Sexwale bought a 49% shareand continues to play a constructiverole within the company.With growth came change andexpansion of the company’s facilities.First was the new flagship dealership inJohannesburg covering 3 500 m2 it isone of the first in the world to complywith the very stringent requirementsof the Italian manufacturers. The newcorporate identity meant that itemssuch as flooring, furniture, lighting andfittings were all imported from Italy.The new facility features a new carshowroom and a pre-owned display,the showroom houses dedicatedstudios for each brand where clientscan personalise their cars.To ensure that the cars will alwaysbe well cared for there is a servicecentre capable of accommodatingthirty cars. Technicians dedicated toFerrari and Maserati employ state ofthe art equipment and receive regulartraining and product data updatesfrom Modena and Maranello.With the Johannesburg facility fullyoperational and the recent launch ofthe Durban showroom, attention isnow centred on the revamping of theCape Town facility later this year.The future of the brands are insafe hands, Gabriele as Presidentand Mervyn Eagles as CEO will bothensure that Viglietti Motors will alwayssupply nothing but the best for clientsand their cars.www.ferrari.co.za
  • 182. Best of South Africa182Chapter 9Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain
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  • 184. Best of South Africa184The African conundrum: Harnessingopportunities and overcoming challengesTraditional markets are stagnating,and emerging markets are expanding,leading the world’s growth. With acollective GDP of more than 1.6 trillion(2008), Africa is one of the fastestgrowing economies in the world: Overthe past decade six of the world’s tenfastest growing countries were Africanand over the next few years Africa isexpected to grow faster than any otherregion in the world, apart from Chinaand India.Even as the world’s growthslows downs following the northernhemisphere’s example, the continentis resilient and Africa is expected togrow nearly 6% in 2012. At this rateAfrica has a real chance to follow inthe footsteps of Asia.A booming commodity sector,a rising population, a fast-growingmiddle class, and improved politicaland macroeconomic stability haveall been the key to Africa’s recent
  • 185. Best of South Africa 185success, creating substantial newbusiness opportunities in all sectors.Global companies are increasinglyturning to Africa and, as a result,foreign investment has grownsubstantially, as rate of return ishigher than many other developingregions. China’s arrival has improvedinfrastructure and has kick startedthe manufacturing sector, and afast growing service sector is alsobeginning to develop.From the perspective of thelogistics industry, these developmentshave led to an increased demandfor logistics and transport services.Future economic growth will alsobe supported by Africa’s increasingties to the global economy, mostnotably the triangle of trade betweenAfrica, Middle East and Asia, fueledby surging demand from China andIndia. Cross-border commerce is alsogrowing, as tariffs fall and barriers to
  • 186. Best of South Africa186trade are reduced. All this needs to besupported by a strong logistic networkwhich makes trade possible.But companies in Africa faceimportant challenges as they developtheir business: Political instability,corruption, bureaucracy, and, mostacutely, a lack of infrastructure. Froma logistics perspective the poor stateof physical infrastructure, especiallyelectricity and transport, is the largestbottleneck: roads are generallydreadful and insecure making itdifficult and costly to move goods;although improved, bureaucracyaround custom clearance can adddays and weeks to a shipment.As international trade grows thesedeficiencies are highlighted, andcompanies need a reliable logisticpartner that has the infrastructure,experience and broad network tobring Africa to the world.At DHL we are shaping the marketsof tomorrow. Not only are we theleading logistics company in theworld, but the leading one in Africa too– we have over 33 years of experience
  • 187. Best of South Africa 187www.dhl.co.zaas a pioneer and innovator on thecontinent.With a network that spans acrossall 50 countries and territories of Sub-Saharan Africa, DHL Express was thefirst international express companyto set foot in Africa in 1978. Withthe largest self-owned network andindustry leading facilities in Africa,DHL Express is uniquely positionedto help businesses and Africa thrive,ensuring the rapid transnationalexchange of goods and connectingAfrica to the world.Our unparalleled infrastructure andbest in class service levels means thatshipments will be collected from ordelivered to any African country fromany of the more than 220 countriesand territories served by DHL. Couplethis with service levels above 95% ontime delivery (door to door), full onlinevisibility and one price, with no hiddencosts, and there is no doubt that DHLdelivers for its customers.It is time for Africa, and DHL Expressis committed to Africa.Cristian Vera is Head of Sales for DHLExpress Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • 188. Best of South Africa188Fast Moving, Forward Thinking…IMPERIAL Logistics, a division of the JSE listed IMPERIAL Group is a global logisticsand supply chain leader. An employer of approximately 27 000 people internationally,fast moving, forward thinking IMPERIAL Logistics delivers excellence in end-to-endlogistics and supply chain management.Provider (LSP), it customises varioustypes of individual, non-integratedlogistics solutions and integratedlogistics services to satisfy customerrequirements through its Third-PartyLogistics (3PL) and Fourth-PartyLogistics (4PL) services.IMPERIAL Logistics’ differentiatorslie in a combination of preeminentsupply chain management skillsand an extensive resource base oftransportation, warehousing andstorage, as well as best-of-breedtechnology systems. Yet its businessis much more than warehousing,transportation and distribution.IMPERIAL Logistics truly understandsits customers’ businesses to addvalue, improve services, reduce costsand exceed individual supply chainrequirements.SustainabilitySustainability is a strategic imperativefor IMPERIAL Logistics. Through itsservice delivery, it focuses on greeningthe supply chain, by pioneering new‘green logistics’ approaches, bestpractices and technologies. The Groupis South Africa’s first to introduce therevolutionary Euro 5 standard fleetand uses zero-emission transportrefrigeration. Its innovative ‘extraGlobal ReachAt IMPERIAL Logistics, ‘fast moving,forward thinking’ describes our visionto succeed – to be a leading, integratedlogistics and supply chain managementcompany that operates in the context ofa global economy.This multi-branded businesscomprising more than 100 membercompanies. It has six divisions, namelyTransport and Warehousing, ConsumerProducts, Specialised Freight, Africa,Bulk Commodity Services andIntegration Services.Apart from established operationsin southern Africa, IMPERIALLogistics has extended its activities toEurope with an International divisionheadquartered in Germany. Comprisingfive brands, namely Panopa Logistik,Lehnkering, neska, IMPERIAL Reedereiand Brouwer Shipping, collectivelyIMPERIAL Logistics International offersservices including air, sea and landtransportation, warehousing, clearingand forwarding, container operationsand multi-modal transportation.IMPERIAL Logistics owns morethan 9,000 vehicles globally andmanages total storage capacity of morethan 2 240 000m². IMPERIAL Logistics’operations span 14 African countriesincluding Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria,Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania andZambia.Supply Chain Optimising SolutionsAs a preferred Logistics Service
  • 189. Best of South Africa 189distance’ studies cut carbon emissionsand cost within the supply chain. TheGroup’s member company North EastCarriers in collaboration with its clientLafarge, recently launched a new “teardrop” trailer that will set new standardsfor sustainable transportation inAfrica. The new trailer design - whichmimics the perfect aerodynamic linesof a natural teardrop - is expected toachieve fuel saving benefits of between9 and 13%.IMPERIAL Logistics was recognisedas a Climate Change Leader in 2011,receiving a Special Mention at theClimate Change Leadership Awards.This accolade acknowledges theGroup’s contribution to the ‘greenlogistics’ evolution as a supply chainleader through its focus on greatervehicle, driver, electricity and wasteefficiency, including valuable supportthrough initiatives with government,industry and academia.Transformation CommitmentBroad-based Black EconomicEmpowerment (B-BBEE) is a strategicimperative for IMPERIAL Logistics.In 2011, B-BBEE certification agencyNERA verified IMPERIAL Logistics asa status three (3) contributor with ValueAdding Supplier status. This providesclients with 137.5% preferentialprocurement recognition, the highestof all major Logistics Service Providers(LSPs) in southern Africa. This level ofrecognition is higher than that normallyoffered by a Level 1 Broad-Based BlackEconomic Empowerment (B-BBEE)rated company.Investing in Human CapitalDevelopmentIMPERIAL Logistics is a preferredemployer of choice and has beenrecognised in the industry foroutstanding performance on this front.Our most recent award is the SAPICSSupply Chain Excellence Educatorof the Year Award. It recognisescompanies that strive to continuallydevelop its employees throughthe promotion of in house trainingprogrammes, on-going support anddevelopment of training initiatives.We invest substantially in thedevelopment of partnerships withorganisations and institutions dedicatedto the development of intelligentLogistics and Supply Chain solutions,as well as professional developmentin other disciplines, relevant to theIMPERIAL Logistics context. TheGordon Institute of Business Science(GIBS) and IMPERIAL Logistics recentlylaunched a Supply Chain and LogisticsProgramme. This partnership providesadvanced teaching and research inthe fields of logistics, supply chain andtransportation management.IMPERIAL Logistics recruitsgraduates annually from tertiaryinstitutions in the disciplines ofLogistics, Cost and ManagementAccounting (CIMA), IndustrialEngineering and InformationTechnology, for participation in astructured Graduate DevelopmentProgramme.During the 2011 financial year,IMPERIAL Logistics invested over R55million on skills development. Seventyfive percent of this spend was of onblack employees and almost 25% onblack females.Industry CollaborationCollaboration with business, industry,logistics and supply chain industrybodies, government as well asresearch and academic institutionsis a significant focus for IMPERIALLogistics.Through initiatives such as theAnnual State of Logistics™ survey,sponsored by the Group and producedin collaboration with the CSIR andStellenbosch University, best practice isconsistently developed. Committed tocontributing to industry best practice,regulation and policy, IMPERIALLogistics is a member of 16 keyindustry associations.IMPERIAL LogisticsGoldfields Logistics Park,10 Refinery Road, DriehoekGermiston, South AfricaTel: +27 11 821 5500Fax: +27 11 873 1874Email: info@il.co.zawww.imperiallogistics.co.za“Our reputation is founded ondeveloping intelligent and tailor-made solutions for our diversifiedblue chip customers by leveragingprocesses, people, technology andinfrastructure, and the strengthof our strategic partnerships andalliances with leading technologyproviders.”Marius Swanepoel, Chief ExecutiveOfficer, IMPERIAL Logistics
  • 190. Best of South Africa190South Africa’s logistics networkSouth Africa has a modern and well developed transport infrastructure.The roads are world-class; the air and rail networks are the largest on thecontinent; and the country’s ports provide a natural stopover for shipping toand from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and both coasts of Africa.The transport sector has beenhighlighted by the government asa key contributor to South Africa’scompetitiveness in global markets.It is increasingly being seen as acrucial engine for economic growthand social development, and thegovernment has unveiled plans tospend billions of rands to improve thecountry’s roads, railways and ports.RoadsSouth Africa’s total road network isabout 754,000 kilometres, of whichover 70,000 kilometres are pavedor surfaced roads. The drive fromMusina on the northern border toCape Town in the south is a 2,000kilometre journey on well-maintainedroads.
  • 191. Best of South Africa 191While the Department of Transportis responsible for overall policy, theSouth African National Roads Agency(Sanral) and the local governments ofthe nine provinces are responsible forroad-building and maintenance.Around 3,000 kilometres ofthe national roads are toll roads.About 1,800 kilometres of these aremaintained by Sanral, while the resthave been given as concessions toprivate companies to develop, operateand maintain.RailwaysSouth Africa has an extensive railnetwork connecting throughout sub-Saharan Africa, representing 80%of Africa’s total. The country’s railinfrastructure connects the ports withthe rest of South Africa.Transnet Freight Rail is the largestrailroad in southern Africa, with about21,000km of rail. There are Metrorailcommuter trains running in most majorcities. Luxury trains are the Blue Trainand Shosholoza Meyl.Transnet has called for interestedprivate sector companies to operatebranch railway lines, which comprise35% of the national rail network.The 18-year, R86-billion upgradeprogramme was announced in 2011.Railway lines are strictly policed andthe Passenger Rail Agency of SouthAfrica (Prasa) is the new rail and busoperator.Gautrain rapid rail linkThe Gautrain, an 80km rapid railnetwork, connects Johannesburg,Pretoria and OR Tambo InternationalAirport, easing congestion on theJoburg-Pretoria highway by offeringcommuters a safe and viablealternative to road travel.Gautrain’s 24 train sets of fourrail cars each travel at maximumspeeds of 160km/hour, 18 hours aday, together making around 135,000passenger trips a day. Secondarytransport to and from stations andnearby destinations is provided byluxury buses.Airports and airlinesSixty-two airlines made 274,000landings with 16.5-million passengersin South Africa’s 10 principal airportsin 2009, comprising major internationalairports in Johannesburg, Cape Townand Durban, as well as airports inBloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, EastLondon, George, Kimberly, Pilansbergand Upington. Airports CompanySouth Africa handles 98% of the
  • 192. Best of South Africa192Council International named CapeTown International the best airport inAfrica in 2011, Africa’s busiest airportOR Tambo International came third,and King Shaka International cameforth.Ports and shippingMajor shipping lanes pass alongthe South African coastline in thesouth Atlantic and Indian oceans.Approximately 96% of the country’sexports are conveyed by sea. Theeight commercial ports are hubs fortrade and traffic with Africa, Europe,Asia, and the Americas.Transnet National Ports Authoritymanages the country’s ports. Severalare being upgraded as part of amulti-billion rand capital expenditureprogramme. The ports are RichardsBay, Durban, East London, PortElizabeth, Port of Ngqura, Mossel Bay,Cape Town and Saldanha.Transnet infrastructuredevelopment driveTransnet has announced a R300-billion investment into South Africanlogistics operations and relatedinfrastructure, tripling its investmentsand operations in seven years dueto increased demand for rail, portand pipeline infrastructure. With this,Transnet will double the capacityof South Africa’s ports, increaseemployment, and become the world’sfifth-largest rail Freight Company.Transnet’s new strategy is set tosignificantly boost the attractivenessof investing in the country.The new dug out port developmentat the old Durban International Airportsite is going ahead after the salewas approved by the CompetitionTribunal. This R100-billion conversionwill create Durban’s second seaport with 16 container berths, fiveautomotive berths, and four liquidbulk berths.Coega Development CorporationThe Coega Development Corporation(CDC) is a state owned entity formedin 1999. CDC is mandated to developand operate the Coega IndustrialDevelopment Zone (IDZ) which islocated adjacent to the moderndeep water port facility, Port ofNgqura - developed and owned byTransnet National Ports Authority.The CDC attracts investors fromall over the world and in differentbusiness sectors through investmentpromotion as well as Foreign DirectInvestment (FDI).The management services of theCDC include project managementservices for infrastructuredevelopment projects, human capitaldevelopment and management, aswell as strategic business solutions.country’s commercial air traffic.ACSA invested R20-billion in SouthAfrica’s airports prior to the 2010 FifaWorld Cup, upgrading OR TamboInternational Airport and Cape TownInternational Airport, and replacingthe old Durban International Airportwith the new R7.9-billion King ShakaInternational Airport. The Airports
  • 193. Best of South Africa 193Coega Industrial Development ZoneThe largest IDZ in the southernhemisphere, the Coega IDZ isSouth Africa’s foremost investmenthotspot for industries with a globalperspective. This pioneering multi-billion Rand project aims to drivelocal and foreign direct investmentsin export-oriented industries -positioning South Africa as the hub forsouthern African trade.The Coega IDZ offers globalcompetitiveness through world-classinfrastructure, tax incentives, rebatesand a duty-free zone. It’s purpose-built for manufacturing includingbeneficiation of export goods,investment and local socio-economicgrowth - skills development and jobcreation.Adjoining this is the Port of Ngqura- a modern multi-user deepwaterharbour developed by the NationalPorts Authority of SA as a gateway toglobal markets. Both are catalysts forinvestment and local development.Dube TradePortDube TradePort is a passengerand airfreight hub constructed on a2,040-hectare site at La Mercy 30kilometres north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. It comprises of six maindevelopment zones, namely KingShaka International Airport, CargoTerminal, Dube City, Trade Zone,AgriZone, and Dube iConnect – theonly facility in Africa that combines allthose zones.Dube TradePort is a catalyst forglobal trade and a portal betweenKwaZulu-Natal and the world. DubeTradePort is positioned between thetwo biggest sea ports in southernAfrica, and linked to the rest of Africaby road and rail.New world trade corridorNew trade corridors between Asia andAfrica, and Asia and South Americaare emerging to chart global supplychains. South Africa is emerging asthe point of a new transport corridorto Asia. Significant investments areneeded in transport infrastructureand the logistics industry in Africawww.southafrica.infowww.ports.co.zawww.transnet.netwww.coega.co.zawww.dubetradeport.co.zawww.focusontransport.co.zato develop new transport routes andexpand existing ones, including ICTand digital integration to help maintaincompetitiveness.Transport infrastructure remainsa deciding factor for the economicprospects of a country. The potentialof logistics collaboration in clustersin the region is therefore huge. Thedemand of African raw materials hasmeant economic growth in Africaand is forecast to remain strong asinfrastructure investment is paying off.
  • 194. Best of South Africa194Chapter 10Agribusiness
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  • 196. Best of South Africa196Covering 1.2-million square kilometresof land, South Africa is one-eighththe size of the United States andhas seven climatic regions, fromMediterranean to subtropical to semi-desert.This biodiversity, together witha coastline 3,000 kilometres longand served by seven commercialports, favours the cultivation of ahighly diverse range of marine andagricultural products, from deciduous,citrus and subtropical fruit, to grain,wool, cut flowers, livestock and game.Agricultural activities range fromintensive crop production and mixedfarming in winter rainfall areas andhigh summer rainfall areas, to cattleranching in the Bushveld and sheepfarming in the arid regions. Maize ismost widely grown, followed by wheat,oats, sugarcane and sunflowers.While 13% of South Africa’s landcan be used for crop production, only22% of this is high-potential arableland. The most important limitingfactor is the availability of water.Rainfall is distributed unevenly acrossthe country, with some areas proneto drought. Almost 50% of SouthAfrica’s water is used for agriculture,with about 1.3-million hectares underirrigation.Today, South Africa is not onlyself-sufficient in virtually all majoragricultural products, but is also anet food exporter. Farming remainsvitally important to the economy anddevelopment of the southern Africanregion.Since the country’s first democraticelections in 1994, the government hasbeen working to develop small-scalefarming.ExportsSouth Africa is among the world’s topfive exporters of avocados, grapefruit,tangerines, plums, pears, tablegrapes, and ostrich products.South African AgricultureSouth Africa has a dual agricultural economy, with both well-developed commercialfarming and more subsistence-based production in the deep rural areas.
  • 197. Best of South Africa 197Farming contributes some 8% to thecountry’s total exports. The largestexport groups are wine, citrus, sugar,grapes, maize, fruit juice, wool, anddeciduous fruit such as apples, pears,peaches and apricots.Other important export productsare avocados, dairy products, flowers,food preparations, hides and skins,meat, non-alcoholic beverages,pineapples, preserved fruit and nuts,sugar, and wine.A number of high-growth nichemarkets are emerging, such as herbalbeverages and luxury seafood.Competitive advantagesSouth African agriculture andagribusiness have a number ofcompetitive advantages, making thecountry both an important tradingpartner and a viable investmentdestination.World-class infrastructureSouth Africa has three deep-waterports, three international airports,a network of roads and railways,well-developed cold chain facilities,and a sophisticated financial sector.South Africa’s counter-seasonalityto Europe, the country’s primaryexport market for horticultural andfloricultural products, is a majorcompetitive advantage. SouthAfrica is the closest major southernhemisphere producer of horticulturaland floricultural products to Europe,and has significantly shorter shippingtimes than its rivals.BiodiversitySouth Africa’s diversity of climates- tropical, subtropical and desert -allows for a vast and varied array ofagricultural products.Competitive input costsWhile South Africa boastsinfrastructure comparable to first-world countries, its cost structuresremain highly favourable. Electricity isstill relatively inexpensive, and labourrates are also competitive.Deregulation and market freedomSince the end of apartheid in 1994,South African agriculture hasevolved from a highly regulated andprotected industry to one free fromall constraints, unsubsidised bygovernment and capable of competingwith the best in the world.The Marketing of AgriculturalProducts Act of 1996 dramaticallychanged agricultural marketing inthe country by closing agriculturalmarketing boards, phasing out certainimport and export controls, eliminatingsubsidies, and introducing importtariffs to protect South African farmingfrom unfair international competition.While a fairly radical processto some old-style producers inSouth Africa, deregulation hasensured a leaner and strongeragricultural industry, with farmersand agribusiness able to positionthemselves as players in a globallycompetitive environment.Phasing out controls and closingmarketing boards led to a short-term shortage of essential servicesformerly provided by the boardsand cooperatives, such as storage,grading, deliveries, value adding,information dissemination andresearch.As a result, specialised marketingsupport institutions, such as the SouthAfrican Futures Exchange (Safex) andthe Agricultural Futures Market ofthe JSE, were established to providemuch-needed price risk managementmechanisms.www.southafrica.info
  • 198. The perfect farm takesdedication, passion and AFGRIWe are there for all your farming needs. From world-class equipment, tailor-made finance and insurance to sophisticatedgrain management and products which include animal feeds, processed edible oil and poultry products. AFGRI is thus yourall-encompassing friend in the farming and foods value chain. It’s no wonder then, that when you grow, we grow together.www.afgri.co.za
  • 199. Best of South Africa 199AFGRIis South Africa’s leading agriculturalservices and foods business offering a wide range ofphysical and intellectual inputs to farmers, producersand users of agricultural products.As a transforming force in the businessof agriculture, AFGRI offers farmingclients banking, broking, logistics,trading and retail services and we areproducers of animal feeds, poultry,proteins and oil.AFGRI AGRI SERVICESAFGRI Agri Services focuses on theprimary agricultural sector. Consumersare supplied with an extensive rangeof farming requisites and home andgarden, DIY and outdoor products,including selected building materials.Direct on farm deliveries of farmingrequisites such as fertiliser, diesel, seedand chemicals are made through anetwork of agents and in conjunctionwith manufacturers and wholesalers.AFGRI Grain Management offerssecure storage of agricultural productsthroughout South Africa and Zambia.World-class technology in silo inventorymanagement and the introduction ofelectronic silo certificates positionsAFGRI as an industry and worldleader in grain management. In totalthis segment has 4.3 million tonsof storage capacity and is able toexpedite efficient logistics services toconsumers of grain.AFGRI FOODSAFGRI Foods plays a vital role inconverting the raw grain together withother key elements of protein andenergy into balanced feed for livestockand dairy industries. This is taken onestep further with the integrated poultryoperation producing frozen whole andIQF portions from its own day-oldchicks. This segment comprises of oneof South Africa’s leading animal feedmanufacturers, processes cotton seedand soya beans into various oils andproteins and is a supplier of a widerange of laboratory equipment usedin agricultural, food and beverage,mining and petrochemical industries aswell as academic institutions. AFGRIFoods expansion will be by meansof strengthening the industrial foodprocessing capability.AFGRI FINANCIAL SERVICESProvides both producer and specialisedlending within the agricultural sector,offers a derivative broking service toclients based on the mandated buyingand selling of futures and options onthe JSE SAFEX exchange and is alsoresponsible for conducting the Group’streasury activities. The businessfocuses on servicing the farmer throughits producer lending product lineand the corporate sector through itsspecialised lending business. Productsare customised to agriculture in generaland often to meet the requirements ofindividual clients.Physical address:12 Byls Bridge BoulevardHighveld Ext 73, CenturionGPS Coordinates:Latitude - 25°51’46.13”SLongitude - 28°12’24.74”EPostal address:PO Box 11054, Centurion, 0046Tel: +27 11 063 2347E-mail: afgri@afgri.co.zawww.afgri.co.za
  • 200. Best of South Africa200HistoryOrange Grove Dairy was founded in1927 by newlyweds, Cecil and SheilaDurham, with seven Jersey Cowsmilked in an orange orchard in thebackyard of their uncle’s home inSmith Street Dundee. At the time, onlyone product, nutritious Jersey Milk,was sold in one gallon (4,5 litre) canswhich were delivered by bicycle to thecustomer’s homes. Five years laterin 1932, Orange Grove Dairy movedto its current location on GlyntonFarm bordering Dundee. Glynton wasnamed after the founder’s son GlynDurham, who joined his parents in theOrange Grove DairyFrom seven cows in an orange orchard to one of South Africa’s biggest private freshmilk product dairies, Orange Grove’s success story is one of hard work and team effort.
  • 201. Best of South Africa 201family business in 1946 and managedboth Orange Grove Dairy and GlyntonJerseys until his retirement over 50years later.Hard work and team effort over85 years and three generations hasseen Orange Grove Dairy grow intothe successful dynamic business itis today. Today’s leadership of Daveand Sue Durham, Jabulani Khanyile,Guy Devereux and BeverleyChristians, who together have over100 years of dairy experience,successfully blend family businessvalues with professionalism,experience and youthful vigour.Glynton Jersey HerdMany of Orange Grove Dairy’sproducts include the high-protein,mineral and energy-rich milk fromPete Durham’s Glynton JerseyHerd, which has grown from theoriginal seven Jersey cows intoone of South Africa’s largest andtop pedigree Jersey herds. All milkis produced naturally without theuse of artificial hormones. All thecows are fed a diet of home-grownfood balanced with vitamins andminerals to ensure their own goodhealth and to produce milk naturallyrich in protein, vitamins andminerals which is sold separatelyby Orange Grove under the “JerseyGold” brand.ProductsOrange Grove Dairy’s product rangehas come a long way from onlysupplying milk, and today includesa full range of milk, maas, yoghurts,cream, 100% juices, nectars anddairy fruit blends under strong wellrecognised brands such as JerseyGold, Insengwakazi, Isibhakela,Umfutho, Natures Best, NaturesNectar and Tango. Tango, a tastyblend of real fruit juice and milk, wasone of the first dairy blends in SouthAfrica. Orange Grove also boasts‘first time’ flavours in their Nature’sBest 100% fruit juice range, 7 Fruits7 Vitamins, Pom-a-Berry (a blend ofpomegranate and cranberry juice)and Fruit Boost, which is multi fruitand vitamin fruit juice enriched withfibre. All 100% Juices and Nectarsare enriched with seven vitamins for ahealthy boost to their refreshing taste.Orange Grove Dairy takes greatpride in creating quality productswhich are relevant to the market needsand are competitively priced.SuppliersMilk is supplied by 35 dairy farmersranging in quantity from 200 – 30,000litres per day and whose farms arescattered throughout KwaZulu Natal,from the midlands districts of Bostonand Mooi River to Utrecht in thefoothills of the majestic Drakensberg.The Orange Grove Buyers Associationwas started as a means for OrangeGrove Dairy and its milk suppliersto pool their resources. Both largeand small farmers benefit from theassociation as individual buyingpower is increased and enables thenegotiation of better prices for farminputs. It also acts as a forum in which
  • 202. Best of South Africa202knowledge and information regardingbest farming practices is sharedbetween members. The successfulrange of juices is developed andsupplied by Magalies Citrus.DistributionOrange Grove Dairy distributesthroughout KwaZulu Natal andGauteng from four distributioncentres – Dundee, Durban,Empangeni and Alberton. Slickplanning, a fleet of Mercedes milktankers and refrigerated trucks,together with a dedicated teamwhich includes franchisees andagents, makes it possible to milkthe cows, process and packtoday and deliver fresh milk to ourcustomers by tomorrow morning.Daily distribution not only takesOrange Grove products to thecities and towns but also deep intorural areas such as Tugela Ferry,Nongoma, Hlabisa and Kosi Bay.Orange Grove’s over 800 customersinclude the larger chain stores(Boxer, Jwayelani, Massmart, OKGrocer, Pick n Pay, Rhino, ShopriteCheckers, Spar), wholesalers,supermarkets, cafes, catering groupsand the smallest of tuck shops.Nampak factory at Orange GroveThe supply of bottles to OrangeGrove has grown over the yearsto the point that Nampak LiquidPackaging established a bottleblow moulding factory at OrangeGrove Dairy in 2005 and most of theproducts are packed into bottlesmanufactured on site. The bottles areblown over from the blow mouldingmachines into the filling machines.This greatly reduces handling andany risk of contamination. OrangeGrove Dairy is the only private dairywith a packaging factory on site.AwardsOrange Grove Dairy won the 2009KwaZulu Natal Top Business Awardin the agricultural sector, whichrecognises those companies that aremaking a significant contribution tothe province’s economic and socialgrowth and development.Upliftment, EmpowermentProjects and Skills DevelopmentOrange Grove’s ongoing involvementin the community is reflected inits support for numerous projectsincluding the Dundee CrisesCentre, Melusi Mission, UmzinyathiCommunity Education Centre, ArriveAlive, Police Crime Report Projectand various feeding schemes.The company is also committedto various sport sponsorships for
  • 203. Best of South Africa 203events as well as for individualssuch as Comrades’ runners and toplocal athletes. Orange Grove activelysupports the HIV/Aids awarenessprogrammes of Dundee andUmzinyathi.A Team EffortOrange Grove Dairy’s success is trulya team effort. The top quality freshmilk from our farmers, the support oflocal businesses, dedicated and hardworking staff and loyal suppliers andcustomers, have all helped to ensurethat Orange Grove is the success itis today.MissionTo ensure excellence in theproduction, marketing anddistribution of dairy and relatedservices to the mutual benefit of allparties involved.Company VisionTo build a dynamic, market sensitive,secure and profitable dairy basedbusiness with strong brands,loyal and happy customers andsuppliers, committed, well trainedand motivated staff with mutuallybeneficial relations and opportunitiesto all concerned including ourcommunities and our environmentbased on our core values of honesty,integrity, loyalty and good value.“Together we make it happen” Orange Grove DairyGlynton Farm, Wasbank RoadDundee, KZNTel: +27 34 212 1144info@orangegrove.co.zawww.orangegrove.co.za
  • 204. Best of South Africa204“We firmly believe that the economicdevelopment and prosperity of theAfrican continent as an economictrading bloc, is inextricably linked to itsability to unlock the economic potentialand value of its rich agriculturalresources, and that commercialfarming and agribusiness is essentialfor this to happen.“The agribusiness sector can andshould be a major driver of economicdevelopment and job creation on thecontinent. The lack of commercialprojects and commercial agribusinessvalue chains and the associatedinclusive models for development ofthis sector remains one of the biggestconstraints in this regard.”Hennie van der Merwe, CEO of theAgribusiness Development Corporation(ADC).About the ADCThe ADC is a Cape Town based firmspecialising in agribusiness projectidentification, development, facilitationand management across the Africancontinent.Their vision is to see thedevelopment and growth of theagribusiness sector in Africa tobecome a major driver of economicdevelopment, job creation andempowerment on the continent.Its core competence is itsknowledge and understanding ofthe principles and requirements ofcommercial agribusiness projects inthe African environment and abilityto mobilise skilled professionals andother role players that can add value,enhance profitability and ensuresustainability of interventions.It is currently working with over60 product and service providers –from aquaculture firms and irrigationsystem manufactures, to greenhousesuppliers and cold storage specialists– to develop agribusiness and ruraldevelopment solutions for Africa.When developing a project, theADC together with its network ofPartnership for CommercialAgribusiness Projects in AfricaUnlocking the wealth of Africa’s agriculture.
  • 205. Best of South Africa 205companies, put in place all theelements of the value chain from thedevelopment of the business planto the processing and marketingarrangements. Their involvementwould also support and ensure marketlinkage and partnership developmentto enable the complete value chain tooperate successfully and sustainably.The ADC has been involved withnumerous agribusiness projects acrossthe continent and has experience in anumber of countries, including Nigeria,Tanzania, the Democratic Republic ofCongo, Sudan, Angola and Mauritius,to name a few.Development Strategy & BenefitsAn essential element of the ADCbusiness development strategy is toreach, involve and capacitate localbusiness people to get involved in thecommercial agribusiness value chainas profitable and rewarding businessactivity.Traditionally African countries andtheir investment promotion agencieshave focused on foreign investorsas primary source of investment incommercial agribusiness, whereas theADC believes that there is substantialindigenous capacity and fundsavailable from local business that canbe mobilised as investors, developers,partners and entrepreneurs in theagribusiness sector and value chains.Additionally the empowerment ofagri-entrepreneurs all over Africa tostart and expand agribusiness relatedenterprises, based on exposure of thissector to new and innovative businessideas, technology and partnerships/linkages present a great challenge.The down-stream economicbenefits of activated, empowered andexpanded commercial value chainsacross the continent, supportedby commercial farming venturesproducing the required raw materialsfor value-adding/processing, trading/exporting and retailing is immense.Given the fact that agricultureproduction takes place in the ruralareas of Africa; it is evident that the jobcreation and economic empowermentoutcome of this broader initiativewould be very substantial.The ADC OfferThe ADC calls on the entrepreneursand business people of Africa topartner with it to develop profitableand sustainable commercial farmingand related agribusiness projectsacross the continent.We will bring the commercialfarming know-how and experience todevelop commercial crop and animalproduction, processing and marketingprojects along the entire agribusinessvalue chain. This can be done for bothgreen and brown field developmentsfrom business plan stage, throughmobilisation of finance and marketlinkage, to project implementation andmanagement.The world is looking eagerly atAfrica as the continent with the largestundeveloped arable land resource inthe world. The call therefore goes outloud and clear to Africa’s businesssector to wake up to the opportunitiesthat the agribusiness sector has tooffer and not to wait for countries andcompanies from elsewhere to walkaway with the spoils.The time has never been soopportune for Africa’s business menand women to benefit from the myriadof potentially lucrative businessopportunities in the agribusinesssector.The time is now!For more information, contact theADC at agribusiness@iafrica.comwww.agri4africa.com
  • 206. Best of South Africa206Online Directories and ContentManagement systems:Industry Directorywww.AgriAfrica.infoAll Africa portalwww.ProudlyAfrican.infoIndustry Newsletterwww.agri4africa.comAll Africa news portalwww.howwemadeitinafrica.comPrint• Agribusiness Africa annualreport• African Trader Magazine• Diplomat Africa MagazineExhibitions and Conferences• Agribusiness Forum Africa• Pan Africa Agribusiness Summit• Agri MegaThis initiative will be the mostcomprehensive African trade andpromotion agency for the agribusinesssector with the goal of providingfunctional trade information aswell as building trade relations forcompanies wishing to do businessin an ever growing African market ofopportunities. Localised knowledge,content and contacts is the key tosuccessful trade relations in Africa.Future of Trade Africa is also buildingthe Food, Beverage and HospitalityMarketplace for Africa which has clearsynergies as the products move fromfarm gate to retail to restaurant. Weinvite all stakeholders focusing onAfrica in agriculture, agro-processingand agribusinesses to showcase theirprojects, products and services.Agribusiness Marketplace AfricaThe African Promotion Agency for the Agribusiness Sector.TRADE AND INVESTMENTCOMMERCE EXCHANGEFUTURE OF TRADEAFRICAwww.ProudlyAfrican.infoBoosting Trade, Development &Cultural Relations across AfricaPROUDLYAFRICANIn a focused effort to establish themarketing and communicationsfootprint for the Agribusinesssector in Africa, Future of TradeAfrica has entered into a strategicrelationship with multiple industryand media partners to build anAgribusiness Marketplace for Africa.The marketplace is a multi-mediaplatform that combines the bestof the industry in the followingmarketing, media and businessservices:
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  • 210. Best of South Africa210Hospitality Marketplace AfricaThe African Trade and Export Promotion Agencyfor the Food and Beverage Hospitality Industry.Online Directories and ContentManagement systems:Industry directory• www.HospitalityAfrica.info• www.HospitalityMarketplace.co.zaAll Africa portal• www.ProudlyAfrican.infoIndustry news• www.chefmag.co.za• www.saca.co.zaPrint• Hospitality Market Place Africa• Hospitality Market Place SouthAfrica• Chef Magazine• Retail Chef Magazine• Diplomat Africa MagazineExhibitions and Conferences• SAITEX• HOSTEXThis initiative will be the mostcomprehensive African trade andpromotion agency for the hospitalitysector with the goal of providingfunctional trade information as well asbuilding trade relations for companieswishing to grow their businessin Africa. Localised knowledge,content and contacts is the key tosuccessful trade relations in Africa.Future of Trade Africa is also buildingthe agriculture, agro-processingand agribusinesses marketplace forAfrica which has clear synergies asthe products move from farm gateto retail to restaurant. We invite allstakeholders focusing on Africa in thefood, beverage and hospitality industryto showcase their projects, productsand services.www.HospitalityAfrica.infowww.ProudlyAfrican.infoSACA PatronsTMEat better. Live better.TSOGO SUNIn a focused effort to establish themarketing and communicationsfootprint for the food, beverage andhospitality sector in Africa, Futureof Trade Africa has entered into astrategic relationship with ShoutFactory, South Africa’s leader in thehospitality media and marketing spaceto build a Hospitality Marketplace forAfrica.The marketplace is a multi-mediaplatform that combines the best of theindustry with the following marketing,media and business services:www.ProudlyAfrican.infoBoosting Trade, Development &Cultural Relations across AfricaPROUDLYAFRICAN
  • 211. Best of South Africa 211Celebrating South Africa’s culinary diversitySharing knowledge, empowering chefs and maintaininga strong network of members, South African ChefsAssociation (SACA) promotes the art and science ofcookery in South Africa through the transference of skillsand sharing of knowledge.Founded in 1974, SACA has grown from a small groupof determined chefs to a professional culinary associationthat now has over 6000 members and five regionalbranches around the country. SACA members includecatering and hotel company directors, restaurateurs, chefs,cooks, culinary educators, apprentices and trainees andcan be found in every type of catering activity – from staffrestaurants to fine dining. SACA is also a member of theWorld Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), representedinternationally on the WACS board by three members.Constantly striving to enhance the skills of chefs, SACAinitiated the Tsogo Sun Centre for Culinary Excellence inpartnership with the University of Johannesburg’s Schoolof Tourism and Hospitality, as well as the National YouthChefs Training Programme in partnership with the NationalDepartment of Tourism, which trains 800 previouslydisadvantaged chefs annually.Also under the SACA banner is Culinary Team SouthAfrica that consists of seven junior members and 12 seniormembers, who will be participating in the IKA CulinaryOlympics 2012 this October in Erfurt Germany. The teamare ranked 10th in the world, and after winning a bevy ofmedals in Culinary World Cup Luxembourg, the team ishopeful to bring back gold in Germany.The philosophy of SACA is to provide tools to improvethe standard of the culinary industry in South Africaand beyond. Through international food promotions,competitions, workshops, educational conferencesand other learning experiences, SACA strives to have asignificant positive impact on chefs’ careers.For more information about SACA and its events,programmes and initiatives visit www.saca.co.zaDISTELL in AfricaDistell has been an active player across Africa for well overa decade, establishing joint venture operations in a range ofcountries, as well as strong distribution alliances to marketits spirits, wines and RTDs.Growing foreign direct investment and the increaseddisposable income that has resulted has swelled Africanaspirations for many of the company’s well-establishedbrands. It has thus stepped up its commitment to tradingin Africa, to almost double the size of its marketing andsupport staff on the continent.Amarula Cream, for example, recently listed as one of theworld’s fastest-growing spirits brands by Euromonitor, aswell as a global brand champion by leading internationaltrade magazine The Spirits Business, is recording goodgrowth, notably in Nigeria, Kenya and Angola.Now, with the company’s increased investment ininfrastructure in Kenya, already strong wine brands likeDrostdy-Hof and Cellar Cask should benefit even further,extending into areas such as neighbouring Tanzania.Robust economic growth in Nigeria and Angola hasbeen good for prestige brands such as Nederburg and JCle Roux, while RTD brands such as Savanna and Espritare powering ahead in these and other markets, along withKnights Whisky.In Mauritius, it is Seven Seas that is delivering excellentresults. International director Don Gallow says investmentin production and distribution on the continent to supportstock continuity is bearing fruit. “The World EconomicForum has calculated that Africa’s middle class nownumbers around 300 million people and we are now betterprimed than ever to capitalise on the exciting potentialacross its markets.”www.distell.co.zaTRADE AND INVESTMENTCOMMERCE EXCHANGEFUTURE OF TRADEAFRICA
  • 212. Best of South Africa212Vulcan Catering EquipmentVulcan Catering Equipment has, for the past 57 years, beena proud manufacturer and supplier of quality commercialand industrial catering equipment to the South African andSub-Saharan Food Service Equipment markets, consistentlydeveloping, innovating and adapting over the years to meetever-changing market requirements. The Vulcan brand issynonymous with service and quality and is well-known andrespected throughout the African continent and Indian OceanIslands.Vulcan represents a number of world-leading reputable,international brands of food preparation equipment, cookingequipment, ware-washing equipment and point-of-saledisplay equipment, thereby offering a comprehensive andwide range of products ideally suited for all types of businessin varying market sectors including fast food, restaurant,hotel, retail institutions, health care, government and para-statal.Vulcan is committed to enhancing customer profitabilityby providing top quality service from design and manufactureto supply, installation, training, maintenance and servicingof equipment purchased. Vulcan specializes in systemssolutions taking cost effectiveness and application intoaccount, which can not only grow with the business, but alsoadapt to ever-changing catering needs. Vulcan provides a24-hour call-out service and offers a maintenance contractand warranty that covers Vulcan manufactured and Vulcanproprietary brand equipment.As a proudly Bidvest company Vulcan CateringEquipment subscribes to a philosophy of transparency,accountability, integrity, excellence and innovation in all itsbusiness dealings. Vulcan believes in Empowerment andSocio-Economic Development and is a level 2 (AAA) BroadBased Economic Empowerment company (125% ValueAdded Supplier).We’re committed to providing our customers with:• The highest quality catering equipment• Latest product innovations• Competitive catering equipment pricing• A full kitchen designservice• Cost effective kitchenplanning &implementation• Full testing & training• The best in local &international brands• A comprehensivewarranty• Service & spare partsguaranteewww.vulcan.co.zaOceana GroupThe Oceana Group is involved in the fishing and alliedservices sector. The Group engages in the catching,processing and procurement of marine species includingpilchard, sardine anchovy, redeye herring, lobster, horsemackerel, squid, tuna, hake and other deep-sea species.Products are sold through international and local marketingchannels. Oceana operates through various divisions andsubsidiary stakeholders and companies.The Oceana Brands division owns and manages aversatile fleet (including joint ventures) of six steel, tenwooden and two fibreglass vessels which operate from fourports. The cannery at St Helena Bay sources fish from theOceana fleet, joint venture partners and contract vessels. AnInternationally accredited cannery, it processes pelagic fish tosupport brands marketed by Oceana Brands.Oceana Brands markets locally and internationallyprocured canned fish products to consumers via thewholesale and retail trade in Southern Africa, usingan extensive network of sales agents and third partywarehousing facilities. Canned Pilchards, Sardines, Tuna andMackerel Middlecut are marketed under the pre-eminentLucky Star brand that commands a major share of SouthernAfrican markets, has wide distribution throughout Africa andis well known in many world markets.Lucky Star features regularly among the Top Ten GroceryBrands in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Grocery Sectorin South Africa. The brand has a proud and proven trackrecord in the South African Retail and Wholesale Industriesand is the market leader in most Canned Fish sectors.Research shows that the Lucky Star brand is a SouthAfrican icon, trusted for its great taste, nutritional benefits andconsistent quality, offering the consumer value for money andconvenience in all Canned Fish Sectors.www.oceana.co.za
  • 213. Best of South Africa 213MacadamsMacadams was established in 1904.Over the past 100 or so years, wehave developed into a major force inthe Baking Industry both locally andacross the globe.Our state of the art 17500m²manufacturing facility is situated inCape Town, Western Cape. We arestrategically positioned for efficientdistribution into Africa as well asbeing close to Cape Town harbour forinternational shipments. Macadamsare represented in over 65 countries allover the world and export to all overAfrica, Middle East, Europe and moredestinations.Macadams is a wholly ownedsubsidiary of Universal Industries . Asa group, we are committed to servicingand supporting retail food sectors,wholesale food producers and dealernetworks which allow us extensivecoverage in far flung markets aroundthe world.Our sales and service divisionsare well known for our committed andexperienced people who have a wealthof knowledge gained over many yearsof service.Macadams Technical Servicesis a division within Macadams.We have over 35 sub contractedTechnical Service Companies aroundSub Saharan Africa. All TechnicalService Companies affiliated withMacadams have extensive knowledgeof Macadams machinery to guaranteeyou only the best service!Founded on exceptional customerservice, professionalism anddedication, Macadams looks forwardto providing the perfect SOLUTION forYOUR business.MACADAMS - The Company, thePeople, the Productswww.macadams.co.zaSime Darby PlantationSime Darby Plantation is one of thelargest palm oil producers in the world,producing about 2.4 million tonnesor 6% of the world’s crude palm oil(CPO) output annually. Its downstreambusiness is present in 15 countries,encompassing the manufacture anddistribution of oil and fat products,oleochemicals and palm oil-basedbiodiesel. Upstream operationsinclude the development of palm oilplantations, cultivation of oil palm,management of estates and milling offresh fruit bunches for crude palm oiland crude palm kernel oil.Sime Darby Plantation has atotal of 202 estates and 63 oil millsin both Malaysia and Indonesia. Ouroperations officially expanded toLiberia in January of 2010.CPO is refined and manufacturedinto various oil and fat-based productssuch as cooking oil, margarine,shortening and cooking fats.The non-food based sectorincludes involvement is in biodiesel,oleochemicals and nutraceuticals.We are the first company in theworld to successfully sequence,assemble and annotate the oilpalm genome. This breakthroughopens up possibilities in improvingyield, increasing the plant’s diseaseresistance and enhancing its droughttolerance, among others. Sime DarbyPlantation’s agri-business and foodbusiness currently includes palmolien-based cooking oil (ALIF), soft oil(sunflower, canola, corn and soya beanoil under the Olife brand), fruit juices(GOFRESH), sweetened beveragecreamer (ALIF) and Asian cookingsauces. These products are distributedby Sime Darby Food & BeveragesMarketing Sdn Bhd.www.simedarbyplantation.comCiro Beverage SolutionsMore than 60 years ago, TW Beckettwho owned Five Roses saw anopportunity to develop tea and coffeeofferings aimed specifically at thehospitality market, and thus a coffee-focused division called The CoffeeImporters and Roasters Organisation(CIRO) was born. This division’spurpose was to:• Import the finest coffee beansfrom around the world• Develop and establish local blendprofiles, with the Ciro brandrepresenting the flagship blends• Create the best local boutiqueroasting facility ensuringmaximum freshness and thefinest qualityToday, Ciro continue to live up tothese ideals and go beyond them. Wehave become one of the most trustedbrands by both consumers and trade,as well as the leading coffee companyin every segment of the ‘away fromhome’ market.Our national footprint and broadclient list ranges from independentboutique hotels to restaurant chainsand blue-chip companies.Our alignment with global leadersand local heroes ensures that ourcustomers always get the best qualitycoffee and machinery solutions at thebest price and in the shortest time.Ciro places great importance onhow coffee is treated, processed,packed, and most importantly, howthe people and communities who growand pick the beans are cared for. Forthis reason, Ciro prides itself on beingISO 9001,HACCP, Organic, Fairtrade andRelationship Coffees certified.www.ciro.co.za
  • 214. Best of South Africa214Chapter 12Conferencing, Exhibitions and Media
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  • 216. Best of South Africa216South African Exhibitions listThe Acsa Disability Expo & ConferenceVenue: Sandton Convention Centrewww.fairconsultants.comAfrica HealthVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.africahealthexhibition.comAfrican Education WeekVenue: Sandton Convention Centrewww.educationweek.co.zaAfrican Utility WeekVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.african-utility-week.comAtf International Apparel, Textile,Footware & Machinery Trade ExhibitionVenue: Cape Town InternationalConvention Centrewww.atfexpo.co.zaBaba IndabaDurban, Cape Town, Gauteng, Soweto,Midrand/Pretoria, BloemfonteinVenue: Variouswww.babaindaba.co.zaBonitas Comrades ExpoVenue: Durban Exhibition Centrewww.comrades.co.zaBrics Africa Import Export ForumVenue: Gallagher Exhibition Centrewww.bricsafricab2b.comBroadband ConfexVenue: Sandton Convention Centrewww.broadbandconfex.co.zaCape Dairy ExperienceVenue: Bien Donné Farm, Franschhoek,Cape Townwww.capedairy.co.zaCape Town Book FairVenue: Cape Town InternationalConvention Centrewww.capetownbookfair.co.zaConversations On ArchitectureCape Town, MidrandVenue: Variouswww.decorex.co.zaCosmetex AfricaVenue: Sandton Convention Centrewww.cosmetex.co.zaDecorexCape Town, JohannesburgVenue: Variouswww.decorex.co.zaDurban Motor ShowVenue: Durban Exhibition Centrewww.durbanmotorshow.co.zaEast Coast Radio House And GardenShowVenue: Durban Exhibition Centrewww.housegardenshow.co.zaEcoafribuildVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.ecoafribuild.co.zaElectra MiningVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.electramining.co.zaElenex AfricaVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.electramining.co.zaFacilities Show AfricaVenue: Gallagher Convention Centrewww.facilitiesshowafrica.comFrigair Workshop & ExpoVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.interactmedia.co.zaFuture Ed - The Education ShowVenue: The Coca-Cola Domewww.future-ed.co.zaFuture Of Trade AfricaVenue: Gallagher Exhibition Centrewww.FUTUREOFTRADE.comGlass Expo AfricaVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.glassexpoafrica.co.zaGrand Designs LiveVenue: The Coca-Cola Domewww.granddesignslive.co.zaThe Green ExpoCape Town, SandtonVenue: Variouswww.thegreenexpo.co.zaHobby XCape Town, Gallagher EstateVenue: Variouswww.hobby-x.co.zaHomemakers ExpoJohannesburg, Cape Town, Durban,Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth,Vaal TriangleVenue: Variouswww.homemakersonline.co.zaHostex CapeVenue: Cape Town InternationalConvention Centrewww.hostexcape.co.za
  • 217. Best of South Africa 217Hydropower AfricaVenue: Cape Town InternationalConvention Centrewww.hydropowerafrica.comIndaba - Africas Top Travel ShowVenue: Durban ICCwww.indaba-southafrica.co.zaIP EXPOVenue: Sandton Convention Centrewww.ipexpo.co.za Land Forces AfricaVenue: Gallagher Convention Centrewww.landforcesafrica.comLook & Feel Good ExpoCape Town, JohannesburgVenue: Variouswww.ifeelgood.co.zaMachine Tools AfricaVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.electramining.co.zaMamamagic - The Baby ExpoDurban, Cape Town, JohannesburgVenue: Variouswww.mamamagic.co.zaMaritime & Coastal Security AfricaVenue: Cape Town InternationalConvention Centrewww.maritimesecurityafrica.comMarkex World Of EventsVenue: Sandton Convention Centrewww.markex.co.zaMeetings AfricaVenue: Sandton Convention Centrewww.meetingsafrica.co.zaThe Mercury Wine WeekVenue: Sun Coast Casino & EntertainmentWorldwww.mercurywineweek.co.zaNational Boat Show Featuring DiveExpoVenue: The Coca-Cola Domewww.nationalboatshow.co.zaOld Mutual Two Oceans Marathon ExpoVenue: Good Hope Centrewww.twooceansmarathon.org.zaOSH Expo AfricaVenue: Gallagher Convention Centrewww.oshexpoafrica.comPan African HealthVenue: Sandton Convention Centrewww.fairconsultants.comPlanned Retirement ExpoVenue: Sandton Convention Centrewww.fairconsultants.comPlumbdrainVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.interactmedia.co.zaRand ShowVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.randshow.co.zaSolar Energy AfricaVenue: Cape Town InternationalConvention Centrewww.solarenergy-africa.comSouth African Automotive WeekVenue: Port Elizabethwww.saaw.co.zaSouth African Cheese FestivalVenue: Sandringham – Muldervleiwww.cheesefestival.co.zaSouthern African International TradeExhibition (Saitex)Venue: Gallagher Exhibition Centrewww.exhibitionsafrica.comSoweto Festival ExpoVenue: Expo Centre Johannesburg, Nasrecwww.sowetofestivalexpo.co.zaThe Spring ShowVenue: Tshwane Events Centre(TSHWABAC)www.thespringshow.co.zaThe Star HrdeVenue: Sandton Convention Centrewww.hrde.co.zaThe Star Interbuild AfricaVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.interbuild.co.zaTourism IndabaVenue: ICC Durbanwww.indaba-southafrica.co.zaTransport ExpoVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.electramining.co.zaWater Institute Of Southern AfricaVenue: Cape Town InternationalConvention Centrewww.wisa2012.org.zaWater Utilities AfricaVenue: JHB Expo Centrewww.africautilityweek.com
  • 218. Featuring:– Up to 11 200 m2 of exhibition space, of which 10 000 m2 is column-free– 2 large auditoria– A magnificent 2 000 m2 ballroom– 33 function or meeting rooms– Venues designed to maximise natural light– Two top-class restaurants– An exquisite roof terrace– Majestic city and mountain views– Comprehensive range of catering, AV, and planning services– 1400 parking baysFor more information, or to book your CTICC experience, call us on +27 21 410 5000 today or visit www.cticc.co.zaSet in the heart of South Africa’s beautiful Mother City, with the awe inspiring Table Mountain as a naturalbackdrop, the Cape Town International Convention Centre is far more than a venue, it’s an experience.And with versatile spaces and services suitable to everything from intimate wedding receptions andblack tie banquets, to international conventions or global exhibitions, the CTICC is guaranteed to putyour event firmly on the map.Convention centre by name.Unforgettable destination by nature.
  • 219. Best of South Africa 219Set in the heart of the Cape Towncity centre, the CTICC is a placewhere people from all walks of lifeare brought together, a tangibledemonstration of the power ofpartnership, and an excellent exampleof the success that can be achievedwhen public and private enterpriseswork together towards shared goals.As one of the top ten touristdestinations in the world, Cape Townis no ordinary city. So it stands toreason that the CTICC would be noordinary convention centre. Over theyears, CTICC has become widelyregarded as one of the leadingconvention centres in the southernhemisphere.Thanks to its innovative designwith meticulous attention to detail, itscomprehensive array of world-classservices, five star accommodationfacilities, and dedicated staff with aproven passion for service excellence,the CTICC consistently delivers thekind of unforgettable experience thatkeeps event hosts, and their guestscoming back - again and again.The CTICC also offerscomprehensive exhibition servicesand has a passionate dedicatedteam, who are always willingto go the extra mile to ensure asuccessful event. The centre’s Hoteland Travel Services departmentoffers a complimentary value addservice and will take care of all youraccommodation and travel needs.As an industry leader insustainability the centre iscontinually raising the benchmark interms of international best practice.CTICC is the first convention centrein Africa to gain three managementsystem certifications simultaneouslyto the internationally recognisedsystems standards ISO 9001(Quality Management), ISO 14001(Environmental Management) andOHSAS 18001 (Occupational Healthand Safety). The centre is also thefirst convention centre in the worldto align it’s reporting to the GlobalReporting Initiative (GRI) framework.The CTICC is not simply aboutcreating unforgettable momentsand world-class experiences.It’s also all about convenience.Whatever your day-to-day needswhilst running or attending aconference, the CTICC has themcovered.For more information visitwww.cticc.co.za or contactCTICC on +27 21 410 5000Cape Town International Convention CentreAfrica’s top conference destinationThe Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is so much morethan just another convention centre.
  • 220. Best of South Africa220Emperors PalaceAn opulent conference facility next to the O.R. TamboInternational Airport, Johannesburg.Location makes this venue theultimate conference, exhibitionand event facility. EmperorsPalace offers a diverse rangeof multi-purpose venues andbreakaway rooms with extensivetechnical resources including Wi-Ficonnectivity. Catering for groupsof eight to 3,000, Emperors Palaceexcels in three essential ingredients- superb cuisine, impeccableservice and an elegant atmosphere.Whatever the event, presidentialor private, formal or frivolous,business or celebratory, with morethan 20 unique and adjustablevenues, Emperors Palace is theperfect destination. Each venueis equipped with state-of-the-artaudio visual equipment includingmulti-media capabilities and flexiblelighting.No request is too large, no detailtoo small, everyone embraces ashared philosophy to fulfill everywish. The resort has three hotelswhich include the ultra luxury 5-starPeermont D’oreale Grande, the
  • 221. Best of South Africa 221deluxe 4-star Peermont Mondior,the newly refurbished 3-starPeermont Metcourt Suites andthe chic and affordable PeermontMetcourt all conveniently situatednext to O.R. Tambo InternationalAirport (with a free shuttle service toand from the airport).But Emperors Palace is morethan just a conference venue withits host of activities like the casino,restaurants, bars, a health spaand the Odeon Showbar. It is alsofilled with flamboyant works of art,a garden grand enough to suit aRoman Villa and manicured lawns.The perennially popularEmporium and entertainmentcentre has just undergone a majorrevamp, with nearly R100 millionspent on brand new restaurants,entertainment outlets, and childrenand family outlets. The highlightof this re-development was theopening of a spectacular state-of-the-art Nu Metro movie theatreexperience which houses one ofthe largest cinemas on the AfricanPeermont Group SalesTel: +27 11 557 0557Fax: +27 11 463 6185Email: sales@peermont.comwww.peermont.comEmperors PalaceTel: +27 11 928 1000Fax: +27 11 928 1001info@emperorspalace.comwww.emperorspalace.comcontinent, seating over 500 people.Peermont has a host of otherproperties in spectacular locationsin Southern Africa, most offeringthe added benefit of overnightfacilities, your conference isguaranteed to be easily accessible,well managed and successful.Whether you’re looking for abeachside resort, urban retreat ora city setting, Peermont Hotels,Casinos and Resorts offers aplethora of destinations andfacilities and its properties can hosteverything from small sized boardmeetings to large conferences andextravagant celebrations, and areable to deliver creative, uniqueand memorable events. There is achoice of 14 premium, 3-, 4- and5-star hotels each complementedby superior conferencing facilities,world-class restaurants, indulgentday spas, pulsating entertainmentand championship golf courses,thus providing superior luxuryand relaxation for delegates andpartners.
  • 222. Best of South Africa222Africa’s Biggest Export Import Event785 exhibitors from 32 countries • 14 659 visitors from 54 countriesTRADE AND INVESTMENTCOMMERCE EXCHANGEFUTURE OF TRADEAFRICAThe vast, largely untapped potentialfor BRICS intra Africa trade is toreceive a major boost, through thenewly-launched BRICS Africa ExportImport Forum and Future of TradeAfrica, which runs alongside the annualSouthern African International TradeExhibition (SAITEX) and Africa’s BigSeven, which takes place in mid Julyeach year at Gallagher ConventionCentre, Midrand.The BRICS Africa Export ImportForum is the only event that isdedicated to showcasing the rangeof services and support available forBRICS Intra Africa trade. Productsand services that will be showcasedcover the entire import/export supplychain – including trade and investmentpromotion agencies, export/importconsultants, Export Councils,Chambers of Commerce, banking andtrade finance, credit guarantee andinsurance services, customs brokersand revenue services, certificationand audits, training, media, as well ascompanies involved in freight logisticsincluding shipping lines, airlines,road and rail operators and couriercompanies.According to the Standard BankGroup, trade between BRIC nationsand Africa increased almost eighttimes, from $21.9 billion in 2000 to$164.6 billion in 2008. By 2030, thisfigure is expected to exceed $4 trillion.In 2010, China overtook the UnitedStates as Africa’s largest tradingpartner, while Brazil and India currentlyrank as Africa’s sixth and 10th largesttrading partners, respectively. Amongthe BRIC countries, China dominatesBRIC-Africa trade, accounting forabout two-thirds in value.“Africa has become a vital marketto the BRIC trading bloc,” saysStephen Oehley, Director of the BRICSAfrica portfolio at South African TradePromotions, one of the event partners.Explaining the rationale for theevent, Oehley says: “The dynamicsof international trade are constantlychanging. The BRICS Africa ExportImport Forum keeps industryupdated on the latest trends, tradeintelligence, products and services,and presents real trade and networkingopportunities.”The positive outlook for BRICSintra Africa trade has been welldocumented. “Brazil’s trade with Africacould triple to $60 billion by 2017,”says Roberto Giannetti da Fonseca,head of foreign trade at the Sao PauloIndustrial Federation (FIESP). He alsonotes that trade tripled to $20 billionbetween 2004 and 2010.Trade with other BRIC countriesis equally as promising. India’s tradewith Africa has increased by a massive1,000% over the last decade, withvalue currently around $32 billion ayear. According to IMF data, Russia-Africa trade reached $3.5 billion in2009, the smallest volume of the BRICpartners.“Africa is one of the fastest growingeconomic regions in the world, witha combined GDP growing at anaverage rate of 4.5% per annum,”says John Thomson, ManagingDirector of Exhibition ManagementServices, organisers of SAITEX andco-organisers of the “The BRICnations continue to reap the benefits ofbilateral trade.Africa has enjoyed infrastructuredevelopment, economic expansionand developmental aid, whilethe BRIC nations gain access tostrategic mineral resources, marketsand support from African states atmultilateral summits.”Thomson adds that BRIC’s tradegrowth with Africa has outpaced globaltrade and that the potential for futuregrowth is significant. “Our show aimsto develop and exploit that potential,”he comments.Intra Africa / Intra BRICS TradeOpportunity Presentations In additionto the exhibition element, a numberof co-located events designed tostimulate trade will be staged.The Johannesburg Chamber ofCommerce and Industry (JCCI)in association with BRICS TradeConsulates and the Department of
  • 223. Best of South Africa 223Trade and Industry is conveninga series of trade opportunitypresentations and seminars aimedat opening dialogue between traderepresentatives from BRIC countriesand African business visitors. EachBRICS country is assigned fourpresentations aligned to: Easeof Conducting Business in thatcountry, Investment Opportunities,Export Opportunities and ImportOpportunities.Dedicated Workshops to AssistImporters and Exporters Export andimport workshops are scheduledover two days, offering beginnerfundamentals on day one and import/export campaign support on day two.Presented by the InternationalTrade Institute of Southern Africa(ITRISA), the programme focuseson proper planning and execution,efficiency and compliance,optimisation of operating procedures,incentives, finance, logistics, markets,marketing, training and support.The first day of the programmeis an Export and Import forBeginners’ workshop. This will focuson prerequisites for successfulinternational trading, the import andexport process, how to select carriersand third party logistics, incoterms,import and export payment methodsand risk assessments, and compilingan export marketing plan.Import and Export for theSeasoned Exporter or Importer’ will bethe focus of day two. Topics that willbe covered include export financingclaiming duty refunds, drawbacks andrebates, VAT and exports, incotermscustoms modernisation, as well asaccurate import costing and quoting.Thomson believes that thecolocation of the BRICS AfricaExport Import Forum with SAITEXand Africa’s Big Seven will benefit allparticipants.With 785 exhibitors and 14,659visitors to the combined events, thesewell- proven international trade showsprovide a solid basis for further tradegrowth.For more information on SAITEX, contact Anina Hough atsaitex@exhibitionsafrica.comFor more information on Africa’s Big Seven contactLineke van der Brugghen at admin@exhibitionsafrica.comExhibition Management ServicesTel: +27 11 783 7250www.exhibitionsafrica.comFor more information on the BRICS Africa Export/ImportForum, contact Stephen Oehley at SA Trade PromotionsTel: +27 11 026 6313stephen@bricsafricab2b.com
  • 224. Best of South Africa224The BRICS Africa PortfolioBusiness GeneratorBusiness Generator is a free onlineproduct-driven service in supportof BRICS Africa countries exportand import product promotion andengagement.Once signed in, companies cancomplete corporate profiles andupload catalogues of unlimitedproducts for free. Each product orservice is uniquely categorised.Buyers search requirements byproduct, can access detailed sellerproduct and corporate information,can connect with sellers via email andreply to buyer requests as the servicealso provides for buyer requirements.The service will be formallylaunched from the BRICS AfricaExport Import Forum alongsidesister event - The Southern AfricanInternational Trade Exhibition(SAITEX) 15th-17th 2012.The combined events presentan international trade spectacularat Gallagher Convention Centrewith over 900 exhibitors, thousandsof new products and an expected15,000 trade visitors from over 54countries from the continent andinternationally.The service will be promotedfrom an ADSL-connected network oflaptop stations at the BRICS AfricaExport Import Forum - http://www.bricsafricab2b.com/ExportImport.html.The free service is promotedwith the support of the Pan AfricanChamber of Commerce and Industryto businesses throughout Africathrough all African national Chambersof Commerce and Industries. Theservice is also promoted by LeadAssociate, Chamber of Commerceand Industries – Johannesburg(JCCI), to businesses as membersof Chambers of Commerce andIndustries and Business Associationsthroughout BRICS countries affordingBrand Owners, exporters andimporters the opportunity to findproducts and sellers throughoutBrazil, Russia, India, China and Africa- and to contact to do business withthese qualified parties.Verification SealsThe BRICS Africa Export ImportForumThe BRICS Africa Export Import Forumis an exhibition and development eventdedicated to showcasing the rangeof services and support available anddelivering knowledge and opportunityin support of inter-Africa and intra-BRICS country Trade.Africa’s inter-trade statistics areat an unacceptable low of around11% of total trade compared toEurope’s inter-trade levels of around70%. Growing inter-Africa trade andexpertise is one the key objectivesas opportunities are massive andfundamental to the sustainable growthof the continent. Integrated within theevent are leading companies fromAfrica that have the services, skills andexperience to spearhead Africa’s rapidgrowth across key industries. Africa’slocal capabilities in support will beshowcased and networked with new
  • 225. Best of South Africa 225Please visit: http://www.bricsafricab2b.comEmail: admin@bricsafricab2b.compotential partners and opportunitiesacross the continent and with BRICcountry business.The exhibition component of theForum presents business developmentopportunities for trade service enablersas finance, packaging, security,logistics, materials handling andsupply chain companies.International partnerships intrade and industry continue to playa key driving force behind SMEdevelopment. The focus areas areentrepreneurship, small to mediumenterprise development and jobcreation through the ongoing transferof skills, technology, training andcommunity development from bothan International and Inter-Africanperspective. The event presents anumber of full-day SME-focusseddevelopmental seminars andworkshops including Export Import forBeginners, Export Import for SeasonedProfessionals and “The Future of TradeAfrica” – focusing on solutions to doingbusiness in Africa.Virtual Trade ShowsThe BRICS Africa Virtual Trade Showcombines elements of the ExportImport Forum with Business Generatorservices and is presented from a virtualconference and exhibition platform incyberspace. It replicates a physicalconference and exhibition centre andparticipant experience.Features:• Lobby and Resource Centre• Networking lounge• Conference Auditorium• Exhibition Centre.Online Visitors can• Find Programme and Exhibitorinformation supported in BRICSlanguages in the Lobby;• Attend conferences and interactwith Speakers;• Visit halls and Exhibitors;• Talk to and do business withExhibitors;• Collect Exhibitor collateralof interest to an advanced‘briefcase’; and• Network and exchangebusiness cards with otherVisitors in the lounge.The Virtual Conferences• Speakers produced on videowith synchronised slide shows;• Webcasts from the Auditorium;• Supported in BRICS’ mostwidely spoken languages(Portuguese, Russian, Hindi,Mandarin and English);• Interaction between Presentersand Audiences.There are four commercialopportunities from BRICS AfricaVirtual Trade Show1. Branding of Event promotion andSpeaker Programme.2. Virtual Exhibition Space andservices.3. Speaker and platformSponsorship.4. Advertising from www.brics-africa.com and the Virtual TradeShow.
  • 226. Best of South Africa226IT Event ManagementInnovative technology for events.state-of-the-art technology andsoftware, the registration processat your event is guaranteed to be abreeze. Budget options are available,making this an affordable serviceensuring the smooth running of yourevent. We also have a Call Centreavailable that can assist userswith the submission of their detailsvia email and phone. Successfulimplementation of the seamlessonline-onsite accreditation processeshave been implemented for showslike the Rand Show and theJohannesburg International MotorShow.QR CodesFor exhibitions, we are introducingan exciting option for attendeesOverviewIT-EM provides online andonsite registration solutions forconferences, events and exhibitions.Our fully customised pre-registrationsystems assist with the invitationand RSVP process and can becustomised to your needs.• We also offer accreditationsystems for exhibitionsand conferences that allowexhibitors to have access toup to the minute informationand submission and importantinformation in the run up to yourshow.• Exhibitors can managetheir name badges, standrequirements and servicesthrough the use of personalisedlogin accounts.• Photo submissions can also bedone online saving precious timeonsite.• A backend is provided wherethe organiser can manage theirattendees.• See www.eventrsvp.co.za formore information.On-Site RegistrationIT-EM offers complete, on-siteregistration solutions for any event,exhibition, conference, functionor gala dinner by providing allelectronic equipment, printouts, seatallocations, guest lists, registers,name cards, labels, and so muchmore. By using our self-developed,
  • 227. Best of South Africa 227Physical Address:Unit 17 Fancourt Office ParkCnr Felstead & NorthumberlandNorthridingSwitchboard: +27 11 704 9280Email Address: info@it-em.co.zaWebsite: www.it-em.co.zato exchange contact information.Visitors and exhibitors receiveaccreditation which containsbarcodes called QR Codes whichcan be scanned by other attendees.QR codes are used to store basicinformation for example:Name, Company, Email, Phoneand Mobile. Attendees are able toscan these QR codes and save theircontact details to their smartphones.Benefits of QR codes:• This new technology givesthe badge a dual role as anaccreditation device and anelectronic business card, addinglife and interest to the plain-oldaccess card.• Adds another option tonetworking and collection of salesleads on your stand.• Instant result: you see thebusiness card on your phone andcan save it.• No need to register on a websiteor join any group /mailing list.• Opt in technology: your informationis private until you choose to haveyour card scanned.Some of our valued clients we havebuilt up over the years:• Microsoft, South Africa• Microsoft Middle East• South African Tourism• Standard Bank• Nedbank• Trinergy Brand Connectors• Ireland Davenport• ECOTEC / ECORYS• OutSmart Marketing• Speakers Corner• Dimension Data• Old Shanghai Events Company• Tangema• Particip GmbH• 24 Carrots• Collyer Lessick• Brand Activation / Ogilvy• Richmark• Global Inspections• EMC• Magnetic Events• Thebe Exhibitions Communications• The Riverbed Agency• Travel Motives• SANAS• Suidwes LandbouWe also offer iPad registration servicesA QR Code being scannedAn example of an RSVP website
  • 228. Best of South Africa228How we made it in Africamakes waves internationallyA young South African media company last year received internationalrecognition for leading the way in business reporting on Africa.and Ethiopia are now among thefastest growing economies in theworld.Despite this, Africa remains achallenging place to do business.How we made it in Africa goesbeyond the news headlines togive business people the requiredinformation to make a success oftheir ventures on the continent.How does the publication makemoney?All revenue is generated throughonline advertising – both banneradverts and advertorials. There is anincreasing number of South Africanand international companies lookingto expand into the continent. With aloyal readership comprising Africanbusiness people and foreign investors,How we made it in Africa is the perfectplatform for these firms to promotetheir brands, products and services.Numerous blue-chip advertisers suchas Standard Bank, Siemens andImperial Logistics have used Howwe made it in Africa to promote theirbrands. We also cater for smaller firmslooking to grow their African footprint.Across the world newspapersand print magazines have to dealwith falling readership and loweradvertising revenues; but howopen are companies to the idea ofdigital advertising?We’ve managed to stay in businessfor over two years now, so brandsare definitely prepared to spendmoney on online campaigns.Look, digital advertising is notmuch different from print, the onlydifference is the advertisement isseen on a screen instead of a printedpage. What makes online advertisingmore exciting and cost-effectiveis the fact that everything can betracked and measured. Clientspay a set amount for the numberof people that view their adverts –nothing more, nothing less. We canalso target their advertisements toHow we made it in Africawww.howwemadeitinafrica.com,published by Maritz Publishing,was one of the three shortlistedpublications in the Media of theYear category of the Diageo AfricaBusiness Reporting Awards. The twoother nominees were Reuters andThe Africa Report, both establishedorganisations that have been inbusiness for decades.Best of South Africa chats with JacoMaritz, publisher of How we made itin Africa, to find out more about thisground-breaking publication.Tell us more about How we made itin AfricaHow we made it in Africa waslaunched in April 2010. The websiteis aimed at African business peopleand foreign investors with aninterest in the continent. Throughour network of journalists acrossthe continent, the publicationgives business people a betterunderstanding about Africa’sbusiness environment. We alsoseek to inspire through insightfulinterviews with African entrepreneursand business people. Despite theupbeat title of the publication, wedon’t necessarily ‘promote’ Africaas a business destination, but ratheraim to give our readers a balancedperspective of Africa’s opportunitiesand challenges.Why did you decide to launch Howwe made it in Africa in the firstplace?Africa has gone through significantchanges over the past decade.Through better political leadershipand regulatory reforms, the continentis slowly but surely transformingfrom a place of famine and war intoan attractive business destination.Countries such as Nigeria, Ghana
  • 229. Best of South Africa 229specific countries, or even cities, andtell them how many people clickedon their banner.That said, I still don’t thinkcompanies are taking full advantageof the digital medium. Brands givemillions of rands to advertisingagencies to produce the perfecttelevision advert, but it doesn’t seemlike the same degree of attentionis given to digital campaigns. Acompany cannot send us a banneradvertisement comprising only itslogo and expect massive results. Justas television adverts need to standout from the competition, digitalcampaigns also need to be creativeand attract the reader’s attention. Wetry to help clients as much as we can,but at the end of the day we are apublisher, not an advertising agency.And then lastly, How we made it inAfrica was shortlisted as one of thethree finalists in the Media of theYear category at the 2011 DiageoAfrica Business Reporting Awards.This is a remarkable achievementfor such a young publication. Tellus more about the awards.Thanks. Yes, it was a greatexperience. We feel privileged to havebeen recognised in this way. We are ayoung publication and the nominationonly motivated us to work harder andbring better stories to our readers.Still, it is good to know that all thosenights with only two hours of sleepand unhealthy amounts of coffee didnot go unnoticed.Unfortunately Reuters snatched thetop honours at the ceremony that tookplace at London’s Landmark Hotel.However, considering that How wemade it in Africa had been in existencefor barely 12 months at the time of theawards, we don’t feel too bad aboutlosing out to a 150-year-old newsorganisation such as Reuters.Direct Line: +27 21 801 1975info@howwemadeitinafrica.comwww.howwemadeitinafrica.comHOW WE MADEIT IN AFRICAInsght into business in Africa
  • 230. Best of South Africa230Bizcommunity.com – the companythan just keeps on growingAt barely 10 years old, Bizcommunity.com has grown into the pre-eminentB2B portal in South Africa coveringthe advertising, marketing, media andretail sectors. Until now, that is…Launched in 1991 by twoenterprising young men; AndreRademan and Ken van Ginkel and withjust one portal, for the advertising,marketing and media sectors,Bizcommunity.com has grown steadilyfrom strength to strength, and instanding.The company has progressivelyadded more portals to its portfolio;Africa, Medical and Lifestyle, andof course more staff. Currently thecompany’s staff complement stands atmore than 30, and – like the servicesBizcommunity.com offers – is growing.Last year however, the siteexploded with the addition of a further16 verticals (vortals) covering specificsectors, and recently added anadditional two; Education & Trainingand Property & Real Estate, with plansafoot to add a further 14 verticalsduring the course of this year.This will take the number of sectorsBizcommunity.com covers to 36; butwe are not stopping there… even moresectors will be covered in the future.The result is a B2B websiteprogressively covering every sectorin commerce and industry, makingBizcommunity.com the ultimateone-stop-shop for the latest news,opinions, trends and research on everysector.Allied to this is Bizcommunity.com’s careers arm – a highly effectiveservice in which employers can posttheir vacancies and those seeking newpositions can post their CVs and applyfor positions that they are attractedto - often Bizcommunity.com has beencontacted and asked to “Please takeour advert off – we’ve been inundatedwith responses”. How is that foreffective advertising!Of course, all of these sectorportals and verticals are supportedby our ever-growing subscriber base– now standing at more than 300 000– and increasing at a rate of more than7000 per month across all sectors.To service our subscribers,Bizcommunity.com sends out morethan 400 000 newsletters per weekwith page impressions of 4 million permonth and unique users at some 390000 per month.This makes Bizcommunity.comthe ideal advertising medium for yourproducts and services.Naturally, every one of us is aconsumer, so while Bizcommunity.com’s focus is B2B, the website alsohas a significant B2C component. Untilnow this has largely been concentrated
  • 231. Best of South Africa 231on Lounge and Lifestyle, butBizcommunity.com has just launchedBizBuy. This has a B2B component –in the form of offering great businessproducts to clients at great prices, butthere is also a B2C component in thisservice – which we are aiming at YOU– the consumer. You can experienceweekends away from the maddingcrowd, enjoy elegant wines with acertain amount of courage, dinners todie for and – as the service grows –gadgets and a great deal more – all atdiscounted prices.All products in BizBuy have beenhand selected and endorsed byBizcommunity.com as the best in thecategory for Business products and‘priced right’ for Lifestyle products.CAPE TOWN HEAD OFFICE:TEL: +27 21 680 350024 On Main, Main Street, RosebankCape Town 7700, South AfricaJOHANNESBURG REGIONAL OFFICE:TEL: +27 11 612 3003Sutton Square, The Business Centre8 Gemsbok Rd, corner 12th AveRivonia 2021, JohannesburgSouth AfricaTo contribute, send your news,views or opinion to:news@bizcommunity.comor visit:www.bizcommunity.comReaders can buy products onlinewith a credit card straight from theBizcommunity.com site or be directedto our partner’s site.For Business productsBizcommunity.com believes thatthe right business tools can offerbusinesses the foundation they needto grow into the future. The idea behindBizBuy is to offer Bizcommunity.comreaders the best available businessproducts and services in numerouscategories across various industries. BizBuy is now forming strategic,long-term partnerships with leadingcompanies from the business andlifestyle industries to help themmaximise their exposure and profitsthrough a new sales avenue that isBizBuy. On the other hand, you – theBizcommunity.com reader – will beable to buy the best products andservices in South Africa from oneeasily accessible online store.Businesses and companies thatwant to enrol as a BizBuy partner canemail bizbuy@bizcommmunity.com formore information. For our clients taking advantage ofBizBuy, it is of course a brilliant newavenue to get your products out to anaudience with the money to enjoy youroffering.To get a good idea of whatBizcommunity.com is and what wedo – and what we offer – not only toyou as an individual in business, butalso to you as a person, visit www.bizcommunity.com – you won’t besorry.
  • 232. Best of South Africa232Progress on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance in Botswana.RedPepper PRCTel: +267 3951363Fax: +267 3951368Email: info@redpepperprc.comEnergy, Environment andSustainabilityClean Botswana is a publicationthat identifies the leading benchmarkorganisations across all industrysectors which have the highest levelof innovation in environmental, socialand corporate governance (ESG) inBotswana.The publication is an annual guideof accurate corporate progress inthe ESG space. It is vital for decisionmakers in business and governmentto note those affecting positivechange in their industries by searchingfor information on best practices,sustainability and superior returns oninvestment.It also serves as a beautifullypackaged memento and createsawareness amongst readers andpolicy makers - inspiring action onhow to achieve more environmentallyconscious living in Botswana andAfrica.CLEAN BOTSWANA representsa snapshot showcase of howenvironmental, social and corporategovernance issues are evolving inBotswana by tracing corporate bestpractices.It showcases insights and ideaspowering sustainable development inBotswana and focuses on the future -looking at the bigger long-term picture.CLEAN BOTSWANA aims toencourage people and businessesto ensure that the positive aspectsof travel and tourism, lifestyle andbusiness go beyond just contributingto the country - but to include thebenefi ts to the environment.ContentCompanies and organisations acrossall different industry sectors inBotswana will be profi led in CLEANBOTSWANA, showcasing theirachievements and value proposition.They will also discuss themission, vision and strategy of theirsustainability plans. Our focus ison environmental and economicsustainability.Chapters• Energy• Waste Management• Sustainable Business• Transport• Agriculture and Food• Mining• Clean Technology• Recruitment and Training Policies• Corporate Governance• Corporate Social Investment• Sustainable LivingDistributionCLEAN BOTSWANA is a business-to-business publication aimed atbusiness decision makers andprofessionals you trust to do businesswith; who share your vision and investin your products and services. If youhave a powerful corporate message,you need it to be seen and read.CLEAN BOTSWANA gets into thehands, onto the desks and beforethe eyes of leading policy makers,entrepreneurs and business peopleboth locally as well as internationally.CLEAN BOTSWANA is available ineBook format and optimised on ourglobal website www.GVPedia.com aswell as our global business directorywww.globalvillagedirectory.info.These receive over one million uniquereaders from 165 countries worldwide.The publication also receives exposureover a wide range of social networkingplatforms.
  • 233. Best of South Africa 233Diplomat MagazineSharing knowledge, future vision and inspirationin the pursuit of best practice in governance andleadership.Diplomat is a quarterly print and onlinemagazine about government andIndustry and their role in promotingeconomic growth and the social well-being of Africa.The magazine launched in EastAfrica first with now more thanfive issues under their belt. www.diplomatafrica.org has just launchedas the wheels are now in motion forSouthern Africa and West Africa to joinour East Africa colleagues in reportingthe whole story of Africa. The firstDiplomat magazine for SADC waslaunched in February 2011.The Role of the MagazineThe magazine is about governmentand their role in promoting economicgrowth and the social well-beingof Africa. African leaders need topromote and showcase their vision,national interests, missions, foreignpolicies and diplomacy successes.We focus on foreign affairs, trade,investment, business, energy, health,education, environment, security andculture.Why?The diplomatic community needs topromote and showcase their nationalinterests, missions, foreign policiesand diplomacy successes.Our ChallengesSADC countries face various social,development, economic, trade,education, health, diplomatic, defence,security and political challenges.Most of these challenges cannotbe tackled effectively by individualmembers as we are all interlinked, weprovide a platform whereby we can allbe more effective in our approach incombating these challenges.For example, the sustainabledevelopment that trade brings couldbe threatened by the existence ofdifferent product standards and tariffregimes, weak customs infrastructureand bad roads. As would politicalinstability, education and health.The Member States recognisethat achieving regional economicintegration in Southern Africa requiresthem to put their full support behindSADC to act on behalf of all SouthernAfricans for their common prosperity,peace and unity.SADC VisionThe SADC vision is one of a commonfuture, within a regional communitythat will ensure economic well-being,improvement of the standards of livingand quality of life, freedom and socialjustice; peace and security for thepeoples of Southern Africa.This shared vision is anchored onthe common values and principles andthe historical and cultural affi nitiesthat exist amongst the peoples ofSouthern Africa.To submit an article or report to beincluded in Diplomat Southern Africaplease contact our editors.GaboroneTel: +267 395 1363johannesburgTel: +27 11 705 2097info@gvpedia.cominfo@redpepperprc.comwww.DiplomatAfrica.org
  • 234. P R O D U C T I O N S D I G I T A L M E D I A S E R V I C E S TRAINING INSTITUTE P U B L I S H I N GABN360 offers a holistic approach to telling Africa’s business story - first. Highlyesteemed international brands such as CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa provide a broadcastand print platform respectively, supported online by ABN Digital for up-to-date financial,business and markets news. The ABN360 conglomerate also offers resources to organiseworld class events across the African continent through ABN Productions. The recentlylaunched ABN Training Institute boasts state-of-the-art facilities to provide media trainingand many other courses. Through all its brands ABN360 aims to be Africa’s leadingaggregator and distributor of business and economic content.EVENTSON AIRPRINTONLINETRAININGExperience Africa’s Business - First
  • 235. CAPE TOWNNAMIBIANAIROBIZAMBIAABUJAGABONLAGOSJOHANNESBURGBureaus: 20 countries by 2014Reaching 49 countriesExperience Africa’s Business - FirstCNBC AfricaCNBC Africa was launched on June 1st 2007 to fill thevacuum in business news services that had previously existedon the African continent. It is a franchise operation of CNBCInternational and is currently in its fifth year of operation. Thechannel delivers over eight hours of Pan-African businessand finance news daily to the Sub-Saharan territory. Ouraudience comprises decision makers, chief executives, seniormembers of government, day traders, brokers, fund managers,entrepreneurs, private investors and aspirational viewers.Forbes AfricaWith levels of affluence and influence in Africa steadilyclimbing, ABN360 saw it fitting that its ABN Publishing wingbe the operating entity which launched Forbes Magazine inAfrica. Titled “Forbes Africa”, the monthly magazine is thecontinent’s first-ever international business publication tobe localised for the African executive. In just five months onthe shelves, Forbes Africa has a print run of 38 000, withprospective advertisers having to book in advance due tohigh demand.ABN ProductionsABN Productions is a newly-established entity of theABN360 Group. It focuses on organising world class andeditorially-relevant events across the African continent. Thehighly driven and passionate team at ABN Productions hostanything from intimate business debates to fully-fledgedawards ceremonies, such as the All Africa Business LeadersAwards (AABLA) and The Forbes Titans events.ABN Training InstituteIn today’s challenging business world, it is imperative forprofessionals at large to have a full understanding of howto effectively engage with all media platforms. It is for thisreason, that the Corporate Media Training Course has beenestablished by ABN Training Institute. The Institute’s aimis to advance communication skills of both corporate andbusiness professionals across all levels of management,helping them to communicate the right message on theright platform with credibility.ABN DigitalABNDigital.com - ABN360’s online platform, offers aportal where users can access breaking, up-to-the-minute business news and stories from across Africa. Onthe website, one can browse through video clips of in-studio interviews and crossings to market commentatorsthroughout Africa. So far, the website has recorded overtwo million video-views - averaging 90 000 views a month.AFRICA BUSINESS NEWSHEADQUARTERSJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICASandown Mews, 4th Floor, West Tower, 88 Stella Street,Sandton, 2196, South AfricaPO Box 785353, Sandton, 2146, South AfricaSwitchboard: +27 (0)11 384 0300www.abn360.com
  • 236. Best of South Africa236Chapter 13Future of Trade Africa
  • 237. Best of South Africa 237President Jacob Zuma receives a Best of South Africa copy from Sven BoermeesterFuture of Trade AfricaWhyAfrica is not a country - it’s a continent. A continent with 46 uniquepolitical, economic and social environments, a myriad of languages andseemingly never-ending reams of regulations and red tape.In Africa’s business environment it still is very difficult to get hold ofquality business information. Infrastructure is often poor or non-existent.Personal and economic security is often a concern and trust betweenforeigners and locals is often low. In an environment like this, you absolutelyneed to engage with local knowledge, local partners and stakeholders tolearn from their experience. Let them help you chart the perilous waters ofthe ‘undiscovered’ continent.HowThe Future of Trade Africa platform is all about indentifying who is who inAfrica - country by country and industry by industry. Allowing businesses toseek out the opportunities for growth and market entry through multiplechannels and joint ventures with business chambers, exhibition organisers,forums, business match-making, trade delegations, publishers and mediahouses. It’s about learning HOW and with WHO to do business in Africa,which leads to positive growth in commerce exchanges from an inter-Africaand international perspective.RegisterIf you are an investor looking for local (African) skill and knowledge toinvest in, want to expand into Africa and you’re looking for strong localpartners, or if you are currently active in Africa but looking fornetworking and growth opportunities.Sven BoermeesterFounder Future of Trade AfricaIf you are serious about growing yourbusiness in Africa, visitwww.FUTUREOFTRADE.comTRADE AND INVESTMENTCOMMERCE EXCHANGEFUTURE OF TRADEAFRICA
  • 238. Best of South Africa238The government plans to invest R102-billion over the next five years tosupport the growth and job-creatingpotential of a number of key sectorsidentified by two economic plans – theIndustrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) andNew Growth Path (NGP) - as it aimsto reduce the economy’s reliance ontraditional commodities and promoteindustrialisation.IPAP seeks to create 43 000direct and 860 000 indirect jobs insectors that show potential for growth,including green energy, metals andmachinery, and agro-processing. Byusing a range of policy interventions,including incentives, governmenthopes to boost local production,exports and jobs.The first version of IPAP, launchedin 2008, helped to achieve significantinvestments, job creation opportunitiesand job protection targets in a numberof sectors, including automotive;clothing, textiles, leather and footwear;business process services andpharmaceuticals.“Our experience of theimplementation of IPAP demonstratesthat industrial policy can and doessucceed in South Africa if it is well-designed, adequately resourced andinformed by robust and constructivestakeholder dialogue,” said Trade andIndustry Minister Rob Davies.A new policy plan for theautomotive industry - South Africa’slargest manufacturing sector - has,for example, led to investmentcommitments of more than R15-billionfrom assemblers and componentmanufacturers. In addition, thegovernment is increasing its incentivesto encourage the local manufacturingR102-bn plans to aid growthThe government’s aim is to restructure the economy and set iton a more value-adding and labour-intensive growth path.
  • 239. Best of South Africa 239Framework Act. This legislationgoverns the way the government – amajor buyer of goods and services– spends its money. The newregulations allow the department oftrade and industry (the dti) to leveragegovernment purchases to assistso-called designated sectors by, forexample, making it easier for clothingmanufacturers with operations inthe country to win large governmenttenders. Designated sectors thatbenefit from the regulations includebuses, canned vegetables, clothing,textiles, leather and footwear, rollingstock and power pylons.South Africa has also madesignificant progress in makingchanges to fund plans set out in IPAPand NGP. The Industrial DevelopmentCorporation, a state-owneddevelopment finance institution, ischanging its funding model and focusareas to align its operations withthe aims of these economic plans.It intends investing R102-billion in aof medium and heavy commercialvehicles in the country, with a numberof investment commitments, notably a$100-million commitment by China’sFirst Auto Works (FAW) to invest in ajoint truck and car assembly facilityalready made.In the clothing, textiles, leather andfootwear sector - in which thousandsof jobs have been lost over thepast decade as local manufacturersstruggled to compete with cheapand often subsided imports - theClothing Textile CompetitivenessProgramme has resulted insignificant improvements in theinternational competitiveness of localmanufacturers. The plan, implementedin 2009, brought manufacturersand retailers closer together to takeadvantage of the proximity, qualityand flexibility that domestic producerscan offer. The programme played asignificant role in stemming job lossesby 2010, with a modest increase inemployment in the sector in 2011.MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTSOne of the major achievements ofIPAP is the finalisation of changesto the regulations related to thePreferential Procurement Policy
  • 240. Best of South Africa240variety of sectors over the next fiveyears, including the following:• R25-billion in renewable energyprojects to help build the “greeneconomy”;• R10-billion in a job creation fundat discounted interest rates toencourage investment in labour-intensive projects;• R500-million in an energyefficiency fund;• R7.7-billion for investment inagricultural and forestry valuechains; and• R6.1-billion to support companiesin distress because of the globalfinancial crisis.A manufacturing tax incentive hasleveraged large investments in thesector worth R21.8-billion, while aresearch and development incentivehas encouraged private sectorcompanies to undertake activitiesworth R9.6-billion in the five yearsup to 2011. The relatively newManufacturing CompetitivenessEnhancement Programme aimsto improve the competitiveness ofrelatively labour-intensive and value-adding manufacturing sectorsaffected by the currency, global crisisand the increases in electricity costs.The government’s economiccluster - which consists of thedepartments of trade and industry,economic development and treasury- has also done significant work toalign trade and competition policywith industrial policy objectives. Byaddressing price-fixing and othermonopolistic market behaviour,for example, in the steel industry,input costs for other manufacturerswho use steel as a key ingredient intheir production processes can besignificantly reduced.Trade policy can also boostlocal industrialisation by protectingdomestic producers from unfairinternational competition. Localpoultry producers, for example, arebenefiting from anti-dumping dutieson Brazilian chicken after it was foundthat Brazilian exporters were selling
  • 241. Best of South Africa 241certain chicken products in the localmarket at lower than their productioncost.The SA Revenue Service, inaddition to other role players, isalso making big progress in tacklingcustoms fraud and illegal imports,which threaten local producers.WHY DO WE NEED INDUSTRIALPOLICY?IPAP forms a critical part of thegovernment’s strategy to restructurethe economy and set it on a morevalue-adding and labour-intensivegrowth path. Instead of exportingcommodities such as platinum,iron ore, coal and manganese andthen importing the value-addedmanufactured products, the aim isto reduce reliance on the productionand export of “raw” commoditiesand increase the proportion of value-added goods manufactured locally.Research has shown thatproduction sectors can be usedsuccessfully to leverage economicgrowth and job creation. IPAP aims toincrease the growth of the productionsectors, particularly manufacturing,which can play a critical role in drivingincome growth and employment.“Studies have shown thatmanufacturing has the highesteconomic growth multipliers in theeconomy and a number of highemployment multipliers. This isbecause different sectors in theeconomy are not isolated, butinterlinked and mutually supportive.Manufacturing uses primary productsand components, which must beproduced in other productive sectorsof the economy and then suppliedto manufacturing companies,” saidNimrod Zalk, deputy director-generalof dti’s Industrial DevelopmentDivision.“In other words, manufacturingsectors ‘pull through’ inputs fromprimary, upstream manufacturing andservices sectors and transform theminto higher value-added products,stimulating economic activity andemployment creation along valuechains and the wider economy,” saidZalk.An investor opening a tomatoprocessing plant would, for example,benefit a range of sectors in the valuechain. Beneficiaries would includethe farmer, his/her employees, the
  • 242. Best of South Africa242fertiliser and pesticide producers,transportation companies, steelcompanies manufacturing cans anddesign companies producing thelabels. If the tomatoes were simplyexported and processed elsewhere, anumber of the spill over effects wouldbe lost for the domestic economy.“Manufacturing sectors providean impetus to economic growthand employment by way of forwardlinkages to downstream sectors,including important and labour-intensive service sectors of theeconomy. Furthermore, manufactured,value-added goods are tradable athigher values, meaning they can beexported to other countries not merelyas raw material.Instead of driving economicgrowth through consumption-drivenspend, which leads to high levels ofhousehold debt, production-drivengrowth is seen as a more sustainablegrowth path from an income-andemployment growth-perspective.Instead of economic growth beingdriven by consumption-driven sectors- including finance and insurance,real estate, communication,wholesale and retail, catering andaccommodation - the aimof IPAP and various other governmentplans is to tilt South Africa’s growthpath more towards production-drivensectors, such as agriculture, mining,manufacturing and construction.“IPAP has a particular role toplay in dynamising employment andgrowth in the economy through itsfocus on value-adding sectors thatembody a combination of relativelyhigh employment and growth multi-pliers,” the policy document states.Specific sectors with some of thehighest multiplier effects include food,textiles, apparel, wood, and woodproducts and motor vehicles, partsand accessories.Because the automotiveproduction sector is seen as asignificant job and growth multiplier,many governments around the worldcreate incentives to attract investmentin the sector.In South Africa, the automotiveproduction sector contributed 6.2%to the GDP in 2010 and employed
  • 243. Best of South Africa 243103 000 people directly. A further200 000 people are employed inthe retail and repair areas. Thegovernment’s support measuresthrough IPAP has boosted thenumber of vehicles produced locallyby about 19% and has supported atleast 33 524 jobs.South Africa sees three sectors asparticularly well-positioned for scalingup through leveraging market growthand associated upgrading of supplycapacity and capabilities.These are green industries; agro-processing and metal fabrication,capital and transport equipment.Green IndustriesThe government plans to procure17.8 gigawatt of renewable energygeneration capacity by 2030 as partof its electricity generation expansionstrategy under the RenewableEnergy Independent Power ProducerProgramme (REIPPP). The Departmentof Trade and Industry has securedminimum and ongoing increasinglevels of local content in the REIPPP,which means successful biddersunder the Department of Energy’srenewable energy plan will have toprocure a certain proportion of thematerials from local manufacturers.This provides a significantopportunity for South Africa tobecome a major manufacturer ofcomponents for renewable energyproducts. A critical mass of renewableenergy-generation projects, withaccompanying localisation ofcomponent manufacture, can achievea range of objectives, includingjob creation and improved exportcompetitiveness, and contributeto South Africa’s carbon mitigationcommitments, safeguard exports frompossible punitive carbon tariffs ortaxes in increasingly sensitive exportdestinations and build energy security.Research has suggestedthat success in the large-scaledevelopment of renewable couldcreate more than 50 000 jobs andattract investment of up to $55-billionin green energy projects over the next15 years.Other areas in which SouthAfrica might benefit are in themanufacture of solar water heatersand components and a range of othergoods and services that arise fromthe requirements of higher energyefficiency in the economy.Agro-processingThe major sub-sectors included in thegovernment’s agro-processing clusterare food processing, beverages,aqua-culture, horticulture andmedicinal, aromatics and flavourants.According to statistics, the sectorcontributed 2.7%to manufacturingvalue-add in 2010 and employed210 651 people - about 18% ofthe total number of jobs in themanufacturing sector. Boostinga combined total of 178 000employees, the food processingsector is the largest manufacturingsector in employment terms. Thecountry enjoys a competitiveadvantage in a number of fruit andbeverages sub-sectors that, if fully
  • 244. Best of South Africa244with the IDC, to work with big food-processing companies to help themcompete successfully on the worldmarket. The aim is to accelerategrowth and transformation and jobcreation and assist the developmentof small, medium and microenterprises in the sector.The parties are also involved inprojects to enable local processingof soybeans. There is a significantpotential to increase local productionby both commercial and small-scale farmers. In addition, new andupgraded processing facilities willbe required to meet the demands ofdomestic users of soybean meal andoil, thereby create opportunities fornew investment and job creation.Metal fabrication, capital andtransport equipmentThis sector includes basic ironand steel and basic non-ferrousmetals (such as manganeseand chrome); metal products,excluding machinery; machineryand equipment; other transportequipment and electrical machineryand apparatus. The sectorcontributed about 3.7%to the GDP in2010 and employed 308 210 people- 26% of all manufacturing jobs.The government believes thissector can be leveraged to growsignificantly and create jobs.It can also benefit from theextensive public infrastructureprogramme, exploiting exportopportunities, particularly in themining and infrastructure sectors inthe rest of Africa and South Americaand by using additional opportunitiescreated by the new AutomotiveProduction and DevelopmentProgramme for metal-componentmanufacturing.These industries are at the centreof economic development becausethey manufacture products and comeup with applications and servicesused in the entire economy.These include infrastructureprogrammes, construction, generalengineering, mining, automotiveproducts and packaging.As a cluster of industries, thesector forms an important componentof any industrialisation path and isa key driver of the manufacturingsector’s competitiveness.South Africa already enjoyswell-developed niche capabilities inareas such as mining equipment andstructural steel, which can effectivelycompete in global markets. Othersub-sectors that are in decline orstagnant, and would require moreassistance, include the casting andtooling industries.THE WAY FORWARDThough South Africa has enjoyedrecord periods of economic growthsince the advent of democracy in1994, the expansion of the economyhas not been able to make significantprogress to lower unemployment andinequality. Its growth rates were alsolower than the average achieved byexploited, could put it among thetop 10 export producers in high-value agricultural products. Somesub-sectors already enjoy significantinternational success, such as high-quality wines, Rooibos, Honeybushtea and certain fruits.The agro-processing sector hasparticularly strong linkages bothup and downstream. Upstream -which is the farmer on his/her land,producing basic products - thesector links to agriculture acrossa variety of farming models andproducts. Downstream, its productsare marketed across both wholesaleand retail chains, as well as througha diverse array of restaurants, pubs,shebeens and fast-food franchises.The government plans, together
  • 245. Best of South Africa 245Tel: +27 12 394 9500Fax: +27 12 394 9501      Email: contactus@thedti.gov.zaStreet address: the dti,77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside,Pretoria, Gauteng, 0002Postal address: the dti,Private Bag X84, Pretoria,Gauteng, 0001www.thedti.gov.zamiddle-income developing countriesin its peer group, and it nevermanaged to bring unemploymentbelow 23%.The onset of the global financialcrisis and the resultant recessionled to the loss of more than a millionjobs, of which about 200 000 werein manufacturing. Though the sectorwas bleeding jobs, South Africa’scounterparts - notably China, Braziland India - continued to achievepositive growth rates. Their successwas mainly attributable to thesource of their economic growth –the production sectors – and theirgovernments’ significant interventionsto counteract the effects of theextended recession.IPAP is a key part of South Africa’spolicy toolkit to address the structuralproblems in its economy, switchingfrom consumption-driven to a moresustainable production-driven growthpath. This will place the country on apath that will lead more sustainablegrowth and enable it to create five-million new jobs by 2020.
  • 246. INCREASE YOUR EXPORTS!The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will be participating in various exhibitions and trade shows topromote locally manufactured products in international markets.Therefore, the dti invites manufacturers and registered exporters to participate in the international trade showslisted below.the dti will also offer the following financial support to qualifying firms:• Air travel assistance up to R13 000;• Daily subsistence allowance of R2 000;• Freight-forwarding of display materials – the dti to make the necessary arrangements and cover the costs; and• Exhibition space and booth rental costs – the dti to make the necessary arrangements and cover the costs.National Pavilion List for 2012 - 2013No.BeginDateEndDateExhibition Details Host Country Sector1 9-May-12 11-May-12 Sial China 2012 Shanghai, China Agro-Processing2 22-May-12 24-May-12 Automechanika Middle East 2012 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Automotive3 30-May-12 3-Jun-12 Zambia Copperbelt Mining & Agriculture Show Kitwe, Zambia Mining & Agriculture4 17-Jul-12 22-Jul-12 Feira Internacional de Angola (FILDA) 2012 Luanda, Angola Multi-Sectoral5 3-Aug-12 7-Aug-12 SA Handmade Collection 2012 Johannesburg, South Africa Cultural Industries6 8-Sep-12 11-Sep-12 CIFIT 2012 Xiamen, China Multi-Sectoral7 11-Sep-12 16-Sep-12 Automechanika Germany 2012 Frankfurt, Germany Automotive8 21-Oct-12 25-Oct-12 Sial Paris 2012 Paris, France Agro-Processing9 30-Oct-12 4-Nov-12 Havana International Fair 2012 (FIHAV 2012) Havana, Cuba Multi-Sectoral10 14-Nov-12 16-Nov-12 Food & Hotel China Shanghai, China Agro-Processing11 14-Nov-12 16-Nov-12 Anapoorna - World of Food Mumbai, India Agro-Processing12 14-Nov-12 27-Nov-12 India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2012 New Delhi, India Cultural Industries13 15-Nov-12 18-Nov-12 Midest 2012 Paris, France Metals & Mining14 28-Nov-12 1-Dec-12West African Power Industry Convention(WAPIC)Abuja, Nigeria Electrotechnical15 10-Feb-13 14-Feb-13 Ambiente 2013 Frankfurt, Germany Cultural Industries16 20-Feb-13 23-Feb-13 Gulfood 2013 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Agro-Processing17 05-Mar-13 09-Mar-13 Cebit 2013 Hannover, Germany ICT18 17-Mar-13 21-Mar-13 IDEX 2013 Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesAerospoace, Rail &Marine
  • 247. INCREASE YOUR TURNOVER!(01 APRIL 2012- 31 MARCH 2013) - BY DATEGeneral enquiries should be directed to:Faith Marima, via telephone: (012) 394 1019 or e-mail: Fmarima@thedti.gov.za;Please take note of the closing dates for submission of applications.Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the dti website:www.thedti.gov.za/trade_investment/emia_national_pavilions.jspTargeted Industries/products WebsiteClosingDatesProject TeamIncentivesProject Team LogisticsExportPromotion TeamWine & Fine Foods www.sialchina.com 18-Nov-11 Victor Makhele Henry Mabale & Mayanda Kondile Shakira MotanAutomotive components & partswww.automechanika.messefrankfurt.com22-Nov-11 Samuel Maboane Neo Kwadi & Mpati Mphela Harold ManamelaMining and Agroprocessing www.cass.co.zm 30-Nov-11 Victor Makhele Henry Mabale & Mayanda Kondile Dr Julius NyalungaAll sectors www.fil-angola.co.ao 17-Jan-12 Samuel Maboane Neo Kwadi & Mpati Mphela Dr Julius NyalungaCraft & Design www.sahc.org.za 3-Feb-12 Samuel Maboane Neo Kwadi & Mpati MphelaSibongile Simelane-Quntana"Agro-Processing ,Mining beneficiation Metals,Automotives & components Capital equipment,Renewable Energy, Infrastructure, Oil and gas,ICT and Electronics, Capital Projects, Transportwww.chinafair.org.cn 8-Mar-12 Victor Makhele Henry Mabale & Mayanda Kondile Shakira MotanAutomotive componentshttp://automechanika.messefrankfurt.com11-Mar-12 Samuel Maboane Neo Kwadi & Mpati Mphela Gordon GleimiusProcessed Foods http://www.sial.fr/ 20-Apr-12 Samuel Maboane Neo Kwadi & Mpati Mphela Gordon GleimiusAll sectors www.eventseye.com 30-Apr-12 Victor Makhele Henry Mabale & Mayanda Kondile Jacob MoatsheWine & Fine Foods www.fhcchina.com 14-May-12 Samuel Maboane Neo Kwadi & Mpati Mphela Shakira MotanWine & Fine Foodswww.worldfoodindia.com14-May-12 Victor Makhele Henry Mabale & Mayanda Kondile Kenneth MalatsiCraft & Design www.iitfonweb.com 14-May-12 Samuel Maboane Neo Kwadi & Mpati Mphela Kenneth MalatsiTooling products,metals,castings,automotive components,plastics,electronicswww.midest.com 15-May-12 Victor Makhele Henry Mabale & Mayanda Kondile Gordon GleimiusElectrotechnical www.wapicforum.com 28-May-12 Victor Makhele Henry Mabale & Mayanda Kondile Sara DienCraft & Designhttp://ambiente.messefrankfurt.com10-Aug-12 Victor Makhele Henry Mabale & Mayanda Kondile Gordon GleimiusAll agro processing products except meatand winewww.gulfood.com 20-Aug-12 Samuel Maboane Neo Kwadi & Mpati Mphela Harold ManamelaICT components & electronics www.cebit.de 5-Sep-12 Samuel Maboane Neo Kwadi & Mpati Mphela Gordon GleimiusDefense http://www.idexuae.ae 17-Sep-12 Victor Makhele Henry Mabale & Mayanda Kondile Harold ManamelaPhotos©MediaClubSouthAfrica(www.mediaclubsouthafrica.com),SATourism(www.southafrica.net)andthedtiPhotoLibrary
  • 248. Best of South Africa248The Pan African Chamber ofCommerce and IndustryThe contributions that the private sector can make towards economical developmentare undisputed and find evidence in nearly all strong economies around the world.And what is true elsewhere should also be true for the African continent, and it is thusnot surprising that throughout the past decades political initiatives to support regionalintegration and trade facilitation have emerged in all parts of the continent.• Plentiful natural resources, ayouthful demographic structure andfast-growing economies are thebest preconditions for successfulbusiness and trade;• Per capita gross domestic productof the continent as a whole hasgrown considerably for a number ofconsecutive years since 1994;• The potential for highly profitableforeign investment is enormous,and it is an unfortunatecircumstance that many investorsremain unaware of the past recordand current opportunities;• The great potential for growthcomes from agriculture,manufacturing and services, witha lot of room for diversification andvalue chain development;• A more business-friendlyenvironment promoting localinvestment as well as foreigndirect investment is making goodprogress;• It is understood and agreed, in thecontinent at large, that sustainablelifestyle opportunities and theattractiveness of Africa as a placeto live and work, are underpinnedby a successful and profitablebusiness sector.MissionThe Mission of the PACCI is:• To be Africa’s number one businessadvocate that helps realise the fullpotential of its diverse membersand partners around the continent.• To promote and support theeconomic well-being of Africanbusinesses, and in particular that ofits members .• To improve and boost intra-Africantrade.• To actively contribute to therealisation of a continental FreeTrade Area (FTA).These initiatives include the foundationof transnational Chambers ofCommerce that are of immenseworth in promoting this regionalagenda .The Pan African Chamberof Commerce and Industry (PACCI)is one such organisation establishedto create continental awareness andunderstanding of the region’s collectivestrengths. Its aim is to develop ashared regional vision and plan to growhigh-potential industry sectors andfacilitate intra-African trade.It was created by Chambers ofCommerce in representation of theAfrican private sector, recognising theneed to create a strong continentalorganisation to represent its concernsin international fora on trade andbusiness development.It was deemed necessary to craftan ambitious – yet implementable –plan that will lead to job creation andgreater economic resilience throughfree movement and diversification ofgoods.In 2009 at an Extra Ordinary GeneralAssembly of the Union of AfricanChambers of Commerce, Industry,Agriculture and Professions (in whichthe African National Chambers ofCommerce were organised since2005), 35 national Chambers ofCommerce decided to rename theUnion and to change its headquartersfrom Cairo, Egypt to Addis Ababa,Ethiopia – also home to the UnitedNations Economic Commission forAfrica (UNECA) and the African Union(AU).BeliefsThe Pan African Chamber ofCommerce and Industry (PACCI)sees Africa as a dynamic andprofitable continent for commercial,manufacturing and service industrieswhere:
  • 249. Best of South Africa 249MembershipFounded by 35 national Chambers ofCommerce from across the Africancontinent, membership to the PACCIis open to business associations,business support organisations aswell as private enterprises from allsectors, operating in more than oneAfrican country.All important decisions are madeby the PACCI’s Executive Councilwhich meets at least twice a year.AchievementsThe PACCI is the only internationalorganisation that promotes tradeand investment on behalf of Africa’sprivate sector. It promotes industryand the development of intra-Africatrade. Comprising 35 membernational Chambers of commerceas of February 2012, the PACCIaccounts for over 75% of Africa’strade.Since its establishment in 2009 thePACCI has registered a number ofachievements as listed below:• Establishment, equipmentand staffing of the PACCI’sheadquarter in the Center of AddisAbaba;• Receipt of the status of aninternational Organisation by theEthiopian government• Set up of the PACCI’s website[http://www.pacci.org/];• Adoption of its strategy 2012-2015through the PACCI’s ExecutiveCouncil;• Establishment of partnershipswith the United Nations EconomicCommission for Africa andthe African Union that lead tocollaboration in the first’ AfricaTrade Forum 2011’ of the AfricanTrade Policy Center and theparticipation in the 18th AU summiton ‘Boosting Intra-African Trade’.HEADQUARTER ADDRESSTel: +25 11 5518240, 5514005Fax: +25 11 5517699P. O. Box 517, Addis Ababa,Ethiopiainfo@panafricachamber.comwww.panafricanchamber.com
  • 250. Best of South Africa250Chamber of Commerce and Industry -JohannesburgThe Chamber was established in 1890. It is an independent, non-political, subscription-based association dedicated to promoting an environment conducive to good businessand prosperity in the region.Its members are drawn from everysector of the economy and rangefrom independent entrepreneurs tothe large corporates. The Chamber isrecognised locally and internationallyas an impartial third party with ahistory of promoting the interests ofbusiness.Since inception, the Chamber hasenjoyed a reputation as a key playerin the promotion of internationaltrade. Over the years, the Chamber’sexperience and expertise in the tradearena has opened the doors to newbusiness opportunities for manymembers.The Chamber is a member of theInternational Chamber of Commerce(ICC) in Paris. It participates innumerous commissions coveringall aspects of trade, transport andfinance, and is directly represented onthe ICC World Council.International Trade FacilitationJCCI helps members with all aspectsof importing and exporting, includingtrade documentation.• Incoming missions: Every yearJCCI hosts many high-level foreigndelegations and visiting businesspeople - helping them to makecontact with their South Africancounterparts.• Outgoing missions: Chamber-led missions to markets in Africaand elsewhere in the world helpmembers meet potential customersat the highest level.International and Local Trade ShowsJCCI assists members to participatein trade exhibitions, which providea useful avenue for promoting theirproducts in markets abroad and forkeeping abreast of developments inSouth Africa.International Trade DocumentationCertificates of Origin and attestation ofother documents are issued accordingto standards set by the InternationalChamber of Commerce. The Chamberassists with basic export and importdocumentation from commercialinvoices to Certificates of Origin.Local and International InformationLocal and international companies usethe Chamber’s information centre tosource products, raw materials, newcontacts and identify new businessopportunities. Desk research facilitiesare available. By maintaining closecontact with the International Chamberof Commerce in Paris, the departmentsof Trade & Industry and InternationalRelations and Cooperation, andprivate sector organisations involvedin international trade, the Chamberensures that up-to-date information isavailable to members.Workshops and TrainingJCCI’s import and export managementcourses are acknowledged as theindustry gold standard for training.Workshops on doing business indifferent countries, with an emphasison the African continent, providevaluable contacts with the foreignembassies as well as information onidentifying business and investmentopportunities, and the businessculture.
  • 251. Best of South Africa 251PublicationsAn electronic Business OpportunitiesBulletin, featuring foreign tradeenquiries, and a Tender Bulletin,containing both local and internationaltenders, are available.Smme Development and TrainingJCCI, in partnership with local andinternational organisations, is involvedin a number of developmentalprojects to grow the SMME sectorand to advance and train exporters.Project partners include the GautengGovernment, the United Nations andthe German organisation, GIZ.The World Trade Point Federation(WTPF), a collaborative network ofsome 100 Trade Points has beenestablished in more than seventycountries. The Chamber has beenappointed as host organisationand operator of Trade Point SAJohannesburg by SEDA, the dti’sSmall Enterprise Development Agencywhich coordinates the Programme.Trade Point SA Johannesburgprovides a package of services forTel: + 27 11 726 5300Email: info@jcci.co.zawww.jcci.co.zaSMME exporters, with a strongemphasis on global e-commercethrough the WTPF website. ExportOrientation Courses and Pre-Exhibition Training for SMMEs areoffered through Trade Point SAJohannesburg.Gauteng Exporter of the YearIn 2001 the Chamber, in collaborationwith a number of blue-chip corporatesponsors, launched the annualGauteng Exporter of the YearAwards Competition. Since inception,even during the economic meltdown,the Competition has identifiedand given local and internationalrecognition to Gauteng exporters whohave succeeded against worldwidecompetition.
  • 252. Best of South Africa252Frontier Advisory hosts a seriesof thought-leadership forums andconferences both in South Africaand internationally. These globally-orientated executive events bringtogether corporate leaders to discussissues of key importance aroundfrontier and emerging markets.In partnership with theJohannesburg Stock Exchange since2009, Frontier Advisory hosts themonthly Africa Frontiers Forum. Theforum invites leading companies,organisations and businesspersonalities to speak at the monthlyforums focusing on topics relevantfor business on the continent. Theseforums are interactive and aredesigned to encourage conversationand provide a platform for sharedlearning.The Africa Frontiers Forum is theonly dedicated series in South Africathat on a monthly basis addressestopics relating to Africa that impacton business on the continent. Thetopics and themes of the AfricaFrontiers Forum are always timelyand designed in consultation withour partner, the JSE, and our otherstakeholders.The Africa Frontiers Forum ishosted monthly in Johannesburg atthe Johannesburg Stock Exchange,and the forums have been extendedto the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Four events will be held inCape Town and Durban each for2012.Partnerships range fromgovernment organisations such asWesgro in the Western Cape andTIKZN in KwaZulu-Natal to corporateorganisations such as Deloitte, FNBand Webber Wentzel. The benefits ofpartnering in these thought-leadershipseries provides organisations withclear brand exposure on thought-leadership of the Africa FrontiersForum, access to an average of 120attendees on a monthly basis, mediaexposure, as well as direct benefitsfor organisations’ clients and staff.The success of the structure ofthe Africa Frontiers Forum is reflectedin the high degree of media exposurethat the seminars receive. Constantcoverage is provided by BusinessDay, Business Report, CNBC Africa,Engineering News, Mining Weekly, theSABC, Thomson Reuters, and XinhuaNews. The Financial Times is thededicated Media Partner of the AfricaFrontiers Forum.Due to the demand of the AfricaFrontiers Forums across the region,Frontier Advisory will extend theAfrica Frontier Forums to East Africaand West Africa in 2013.Africa Frontiers ForumThought leadership on Africa.
  • 253. Best of South Africa 253Topics addressed and to beaddressed in 2012• January Africa OutlookConference 2012.• February Will Special EconomicZones rescue Manufacturing inSouth Africa and the Region?• March The Commercial Strategiesof Emerging Markets and newEmerging Multinationals in Africa.• April Will Political Instability derailEconomic Growth in FrancophoneAfrica’s 250 million-strong Market?• May The State of Africa: Reportingfrom the World Economic Forum’sAfrica Summit, Ethiopia.• June Capital Market Integrationin Africa-Aligning Regulatory &Capital Market Growth Interests inthe Region.• July New Policy Direction inChina’s Investment StrategyDirection.• August The Rise of Social Mediain Africa and how it is shapingCompanies’ Business Models.• September Ethiopia.• October BRICS/ Infrastructure.• 6 November Eurozone Crisis andits economic Impact on Africa.• 20 November BRICS DevelopmentBank.• January 2013 South Africa LooksAhead to 2013.AFF in Cape Town in 2012Four AFF business seminars areplanned to be held in Cape Townduring the course of the year.Seminar Prioritised Themes:• The BRICS Summit - What does itmean for South African Business?• Africa’s Oil-led Growth Model: Howcan Cape Town be positioned as aServices Hub for Oil-Rich Africa?• Private Equity in Africa.• China’s Commercial Relations withAfrica.Launching the AFF in Durban in2012Four AFF business seminars areplanned to be held in Durban duringthe course of the year.Seminar Prioritised Themes:• India’s Commercial ties with Africa:Leveraging the second wave ofinvestment.• Logistics as an Enabler ofCommerce in Africa.• BRICS Infrastructure Developmentin Africa.• Strategies for Successful Retail inAfrica.Please contactAfricaFrontiersForum@frontieradvisory.com. orSuheima Shamsoodeen on+27 11 447 8038 for interest inpartnering on the Africa FrontiersForum.Please contactmmohohlo@frontieradvisory.comor Metja Mohohlo on+27 11 447 8038 for interestin attending any of our AfricaFrontiers Forum events.
  • 254. Best of South Africa254Confederation of Indian Industry in South AfricaToday, India and South Africa are key trading and investment partners of a largenumber of countries, lending fundamental strength to South-South Cooperation.gave a reason for a “Forum” forIndian companies. The sheer rangeand diversity of the Indian corporatepresence in South Africa prompted CIIto take this initiative.The India Business Forum, SouthAfrica (IBF) was formed as a result inMarch 2007 in Johannesburg.India Business Forum, SouthAfrica consists of 55 leading Indiancompanies from the automotive,metallurgical, engineering,pharmaceutical, informationtechnology, financial services andother sectors; and the membership isgrowing.The forum is being guided underthe Chairmanship of Mr. RamanDhawan, Managing Director, TataAfrica Holdings (SA) (Pty) Limited.The rise of both nations on theglobal plank is predicated to theresurgence of the private sector inboth economies. Private corporatesin India and South Africa have notonly focused on building globalcompetitiveness, but are also agentsof inclusive growth and social change.It is this all-round character thatmakes Indian and South Africanbusinesses a perfect fit in theemerging global economic order thatcalls for both competitiveness andinclusivity.Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)in South Africa has played a key rolein bringing businesses on both sidesof a common platform by periodicallyorganising bilateral and multilateralconclaves, conferences, seminars,business meets and expositions, withgreat success. To institutionalise theinteraction in a systematic fashion,CII has helped industry on both sidesto create common platforms like theIndia Business Forum (IBF) SouthAfrica and India-South Africa CEOsForum, apart from holding the annual‘Doing Business with India’ conferencein South Africa. Engagements likethese have had a visibly positiveimpact on the bilateral trade andinvestment flows.India Business Forum (IBF) SouthAfricaFollowing CII’s interaction withseveral Indian companies operatingin South Africa, coupled with thegrowing investments in South Africa,Inaugural Ceremony of “The India Show” Year 2010.Indian Business Delegation accompanying Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State for Trade Government of India, at an Interactive sessionwith Business Unity South Africa and Minister Elizabeth Tabethe, Deputy Minister of Trade Government of South Africa.
  • 255. Best of South Africa 255India-South Africa CEOs ForumThe India-South Africa CEOs Forum isanother key pillar of bilateral businessengagements. The CEOs Forum wasstarted five years ago in August 2007under the leadership of Mr. Ratan Tataand South African business leader Mr.Patrice Motsepe.The Forum was formed to enhancebusiness co-operation and to ensurea closer and enduring economicpartnership, leveraging the strengthsand complementarities of the twocountries and their long-standingrelationship.In respect of bilateral trade, theForum addresses both tariff andnon-tariff barriers (NTBs) that impedethe trade flow. The Forum has alsohighlighted the scope for cooperationon airport management, air navigation,communication systems, safety andsecurity.Doing Business with IndiaIn an effort to increase India-SouthAfrica business engagements, CIIintroduced a conference on ‘DoingBusiness with India’ in collaborationwith the Consulate of India atJohannesburg. This annual conferenceis focused on promoting ‘BrandIndia’ and on projecting India as thefavoured destination for South AfricanInvestments.The first conference on ‘DoingBusiness with India’, held inSeptember 2008, was enthusiasticallyreceived with the participation ofover 250 CEOs and senior businessexecutives from India and South Africa.In 2011–2012 the approach has beensectoral and is received well by bothIndian and South African businesses.Way ForwardThe stage is set for India andSouth Africa to take their businessengagements to a higher plane -Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)is committed to its role as a catalyst togreater bilateral trade and investmentflows, and more people-to-peoplecontacts.About Confederation of IndianIndustry (CII)The Confederation of Indian Industry(CII) works to create and sustainan environment conducive to thegrowth of industry in India, partneringindustry and government alike throughadvisory and consultative processes.CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industrymanaged organisation, playing aproactive role in India’s developmentprocess. Founded over 117 yearsago, it is India’s premier businessassociation, with a direct membershipof over 7000 organisations from theprivate as well as public sectors,including SMEs and MNCs - and anindirect membership of over 90,000companies from around 400 nationaland regional sectoral associations.CII catalyses change by workingclosely with government on policyissues, enhancing efficiency,competitiveness and expandingbusiness opportunities for industrythrough a range of specialisedservices and global linkages. It alsoprovides a platform for sectoralconsensus building and networking.Major emphasis is laid on projecting apositive image of business, assistingindustry to identify and executecorporate citizenship programmes.Partnerships with over 120 NGOsacross the country carry forward ourinitiatives in integrated and inclusivedevelopments, which include health,education, livelihood, diversitymanagement, skill development andwater, to name a few.With 63 offices including 10Centres of Excellence in India, and 7overseas offices in Australia, China,France, Singapore, South Africa, UK,and USA - as well as institutionalpartnerships with 223 counterpartorganisations in 90 countries - CIIserves as a reference point for Indianindustry and the international businesscommunity.Confederation of Indian IndustryHeadquartersThe Mantosh Sondhi Centre23, Institutional Area, Lodi RoadNew Delhi – 110 003 (India)Tel: +91 11 2462 9994 -7Fax: +91 11 2462 6149Email: info@cii.inSouth Africa OfficeMs. Dorin NelsonCountry RepresentativeConfederation of Indian IndustryC/O BUSA- Business Unity SouthAfrica, 3 Gwen Lane1st Floor, Sandton, 2146Johannesburg, GautengTel: +27 11 7848000, Ext: 202Fax: +27 11 784 8004/0866098248Email: cii.africadesk@gmail.com /dorin.nelson@cii.inwww.cii.inConfederation of Indian IndustryChairman of India - South Africa CEO’s Forum Mr. Ratan Tata & Mr. Patrice Motsepe.
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